Boozed-up culture change needed to fight one punch

DRUNKEN brawlers on Queensland streets are among the worst in the world, and a culture change is needed to ensure all public safety.

The harsh words come from the state's top police officer who this week slammed society's propensity for violence when under the influence.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart this week told Brisbane media alcohol-fuelled violence needed to be stamped out across society, and no family member should fear for their loved one's lives if having a night out.

His comments came a day before Toowoomba man Cameron John Sweedman was fined $1750 and banned from The Cube Hotel after he pleaded guilty to striking a man in the face outside the pub in October last year.

"As a nation, we've got a long way to go in educating our young people in particular that it's OK to go and have a drink, it's OK to enjoy yourself, but not at the expense, through violence, of someone else's safety," Commissioner Stewart said.

"I see many other societies and communities around the world where there is a drinking culture, there are entertainment precincts. I don't see the types of violence that we tend to have here, particularly in our entertainment precincts."

Commissioner Stewart said the same people striking out in one punch attacks were the same as those that launched attacks on emergency services workers.

He said they were often involved in domestic violence cases.

"We need to make sure the community understands that it is not acceptable," he said.

"That doesn't come necessarily from jail terms or fines in court.

"It comes from an overarching philosophy in our society that violence is not OK in any form."


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