While Queensland's employment minister could not guarantee no nightclubs would close under the government's proposed lock-out laws, Grace Grace said she did not believe the legislation would contribute to youth unemployment.
Ms Grace, who, as the member for Brisbane Central, has had to defend the government's legislation to some of its biggest critics, could not bring herself to speak in absolutes when it came to venues remaining open if the lock out legislation became law.
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"I don't think that we can guarantee anything, except to say that doing nothing is not an approach when it comes to this issue," she said on Wednesday.
"...We believe the evidence is there to suggest that if we do the legislative changes that the government has put before the House, they will go a long way as evidenced down in New South Wales towards stemming the incidences of alcohol-fuelled violence."
Ms Grace said she believed the evidence coming out of NSW showed the businesses that closed were "really struggling to start off with" rather than the venues people wanted to attend.
She also disputed suggestions youth unemployment would take another hit as a result of the legislation.
"I think there's no real evidence, no real data to suggest that unemployment is necessarily going to rise because of these laws," Ms Grace said.
The Palaszczuk government is undertaking its final big sell of the controversial legislation, hoping to win over at least one of the cross benchers to its side before its alcohol-fuelled violence legislation is debated next week.
Currently, the numbers stand 44 in favour and 43 against, with Cairns MP Billy Gordon already indicating he will vote no, and the LNP formalising its objections to the laws earlier this week.
That came after the parliamentary committee review of the laws was handed down, with the he Opposition claiming there was not enough evidence to support the legislation.
Since then, Labor and the LNP have descended into a 'who-received-what-to-who' war of words, over more than $370,000 in donations the alcohol industry made to the LNP during 2011-14.
The LNP countered with the more than $170,000 in donations the Australian Hotels and Hospitality Association donated to Labor in 2014/15, before conceding it was to the Victorian branch of the party.
Both sides have maintained public safety remains their highest priority, with the LNP rejecting any suggestion their position on the legislation is based on the possible economic impact the laws could bring.
The state party distanced itself from a petition sponsored by federal LNP MP Teresa Gambaro, whose family has hospitality interests, in favour of the argument the Newman government's Safe Night Out precincts were not given a chance to work.
Parliament resumes next week.