About three million Queenslanders have had their licenses or passports logged by ID scanners in pubs and clubs in the past three months, with 125 people on banning orders caught trying to enter venues.
Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath hailed the policy, aimed at reducing alcohol-fuelled violence, as a success.
“Our vibrant nightlife is thriving and clubs and police are reporting that patrons are enjoying safe nights out,” Ms D’Ath said.
Over the same period, 125 contraventions were detected, which a spokeswoman for Ms D’Ath said meant there were 125 instances when someone with a banning order had tried to enter a venue but were stopped after they had their ID scanned.
“If scanners have prevented one family from dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy, they have already proven their worth,” the spokeswoman said.
Ms D’Ath said the number of liquor licences had also increased in the past year.
“As of June 30, there were 8185 liquor licences in Queensland,” she told Parliament on Tuesday.
“A year beforehand, as at June 30, 2016, there were 7865 licences – that is an increase of 320 licences.
“New licences mean new venues, which mean new jobs.”
Ms D’Ath said some venues in Safe Night Precincts were voluntarily operating ID scanners earlier than the mandated 10pm start time, if they traded after midnight.
“Because they know they keep out violent and drug offenders on banning orders,” she said.
“We’re hearing from licensed venues and communities that any weakening of these policies would be ineffective.
“In the face of knee-jerk criticism and ill-conceived alternative policies of the LNP, which would endanger patrons, we will continue to work with licensed venues to maintain safe, fun nights out.”
In 2016, 3936 people were issued 10-day banning orders across the 15 Safe Night Precincts in Queensland, according to the Queensland Police Service.
There were an additional 1104 people issued with extended banning orders across Queensland.
ID scanners were rolled out on July 1 after it was announced the 1am lockout – scheduled to take effect from February – would be scrapped.
Safe Night Precincts include the Brisbane CBD, Broadbeach CBD, Fortitude Valley, Ipswich CBD, Mackay CBD, parts of the Sunshine Coast and Surfers Paradise CBD.
Opposition Industrial Relations spokesman Jarrod Bleijie gave notice the LNP would move the government to adopt the LNP’s ID scanning proposal in a debate scheduled for later on Tuesday.
“And close the current two-hour loophole to ensure that only venues which trade after midnight in Safe Night Precincts have to operate ID scanners after midnight rather than 10pm,” Mr Bleijie said.
The LNP has pledged to push back the time licensed venues must start scanning from 10pm to midnight.