The issue of violence in pubs has been high on the agenda across the country for more than a year now. We have seen legislative changes including lockouts, increased security, bans on certain drinks and of course, the bans on glassware to reduce the number of glassing incidents. The latest call has been for a ban on pool cues and glass ashtrays. If we had to remove all the dangerous objects from bars, shouldn’t we start at the source – people? And then what would we have? An empty bar with no sharp objects. It isn’t a glass that breaks itself and flies across a room. But it seems that government departments are more interested in band-aids than addressing the real problems that lead to violence. In Victoria, the government recently introduced legislation that meant venues had to increase the number of security guards after 9pm. While intended for nightclubs and packed pubs it has adversely affected live music venues who can’t afford these increased security measures and are therefore scrapping their live bands. We’d love to know your thoughts on the constantly changing legislation to address violence in our licensed venues. Do you think it’s all a beat up? Do you think small bars are the answer? Let us know.