The Safe Night Out laws include a coward punch law, which means prosecutors no longer have to prove an intent to kill during late-night drunken attacks in public.
The Safe Night Out laws include a coward punch law, which means prosecutors no longer have to prove an intent to kill during late-night drunken attacks in public. Purestock

Violent offenders 'skyping' mandatory rehab programs

VIOLENT intoxicated offenders in rural and remote Queensland can do mandatory drug and alcohol programs via Skype under new laws expected to pass overnight.

The Safe Night Out laws include a coward punch law, which means prosecutors no longer have to prove an intent to kill during late-night drunken attacks in public.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie told Parliament he wanted his children to have safe nights out when they were old enough to drink.

He said every Queenslander and visitor had "the right to enjoy our vibrant and diverse night life and feel safe by doing so".

Mr Bleijie said the laws would result in "long-term changes to the culture that leads to anti-social and violent behaviour".

There is a bail condition requiring intoxicated offenders convicted of grievous bodily harm and other assault offences to perform community service work as part of their sentence.

These offenders would also have to undertake an alcohol or drug assessment, counselling and education session.

- APN Newsdesk


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