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Alcohol laws are working: Qld premier

AAP logoAAP 22/08/2016

There are signs Queensland's controversial liquor licensing laws are working, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

The Courier Mail on Monday reported there had been no reduction in the number of people being admitted to Queensland hospitals due to alcohol since the laws came into effect.

But Ms Palaszczuk says the state's police and ambulance services have reported a drop off in violence.

"What we do know is that conversations I have had with senior members of the police, senior members of paramedics, that they are seeing a reduction in the level of violence in the early hours of the morning," she told reporters on the Gold Coast.

Under laws that came into effect at the start of July, venues can only operate until 2am unless they are in a designated night precinct, while shots and other "rapid intoxication drinks" have been banned after midnight.

But the most controversial aspect of the laws, a 1am lockout, doesn't take effect until February and Ms Palaszczuk says it will be some time after that before it is known whether the laws are working.

"It is going to take some time to collect the statistics to show if the laws are working,' she said.

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