Qld govt to ramp up anti-violence message

Queensland’s government is planning to ramp up anti-violence education in the state’s schools following a spate of one-punch attacks.

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The campaign will include school visits from anti-violence speakers and a package to help primary school teachers educate their students about violence.

High school students are already taught about the impact of alcohol and drugs, but Queensland MP Anthony Lynham said the anti-violence message needed to be more “encompassing”.

“It’s extremely important that our kids are educated about this important topic,” he said on Saturday.

“This is an issue above politics – this is the safety of our children.”

The focus on teaching the anti-violence message in schools comes after a number of one-punch attacks, including the death of Brisbane teen Cole Miller.

Dr Lynham, who entered politics after a long campaign against alcohol-fuelled violence, said he looked forward to returning to parliament to debate legislation aimed at preventing violent attacks.

This includes controversial lockout laws that would make most venues serve last drinks at 2am.

However, the laws may prove hard to pass with balance-of-power MP Billy Gordon opposed to the idea and government MP Rob Pyne having repeatedly broken ranks to object.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the legislation would be debated in the first week of parliament, which resumes in February.

Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek said there was major confusion within the government as to how best tackle alcohol-fuelled violence.

Mr Langbroek also said measures should include banning troublesome individuals from pubs and clubs, scanning patrons’ IDs and educating children about violence.

“It can’t be just about saying we are going to shut places down earlier,” he said.