The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) says a Victorian Opposition proposal would help tackle antisocial behaviour around licensed venues in regional Victoria.
The Coalition wants to give police the power to charge people who remain near a licensed premises after they have been refused entry or been ejected.
It would also be an offence to re-enter a licensed premises within 24 hours of being ejected or refused entry.
The AHA’s Paddy O’Sullivan says that would help police make streets safer in regional Victoria.
“You’ll see police … have a greater range of options available in prosecuting those people who are quite intent on trying to compromise the safety of others,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Government says it plans to give police the power to ban troublemakers from entertainment precincts for up to 72 hours.