Liquor authority loses Origin pub stoush

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulations has been left licking its wounds after losing a State of Origin night ID scanning battle with an iconic Brisbane pub.

The Caxton Hotel, which is within a Billy Slater chip kick of Suncorp stadium, will not have to start scanning IDs on Wednesday until 11.30pm after challenging the state authority at the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The hotel had applied to the OLGR to have scanning laws relaxed on Origin night, citing queuing outside the venue that would create safety concerns, but were knocked back.

The OLGR issued a statement saying they were still awaiting the reason for QCAT’s decision.

Caxton Hotel director Ross Farquhar told the Seven Network all they wanted to achieve was “harm minimisation”.

All other venues around Suncorp Stadium, though, will have to start mandatory scanning from 10pm which is about the same time State Of Origin III finishes.

The Caxton Hotel not only won the right to delay mandatory ID scanning for Wednesday’s clash but also the Wallabies and South Africa clash at Suncorp Stadium on September 8.

The hotel engaged Liquor & Gaming Specialists to challenge the OLGR.

“It’s an appreciation of the proper balance between the importance of ID scanning as a strategy and a recognition of how that can contribute to problems on the street,” said Liquor & Gaming Specialists managing director Matthew Jones.

“Scanning slows that whole process of people entering a venue and then you have a rapidly building queue while 30,000 to 40,000 people exit the stadium and work their way up Caxton St.”

Queensland supporters will be hoping to have something to celebrate with the Maroons keen to save face after NSW won the first two games to claim the series.

Kick-off is 8pm.

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