Prince Frederik refused entry to Brisbane bar

Angelo Anderson
August 22, 2017

Queensland's Attorney-General has stood by the state's controversial ID scanning laws, saying "rules are rules", after reports Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik was denied entry to a Brisbane bar at the weekend.

Strict new laws in Queensland mean punters must be carrying either a passport or drivers license to be scanned at venues after 10pm.

The Jade Buddha co-owner, Phil Hogan, told ABC radio the experience was embarrassing for all involved and particularly hard for his security staff. The staff shouted the group a round of drinks, and Hogan said Prince Frederik ordered a Dark & Stormy (a cocktail made of dark rum and ginger beer, with lime juice).

"The officers refused to allow security to check the Crown Prince's ID, and they would not say who he was".

He said the incident was the "tip of the iceberg" for a problem facing people going to venues every night of the week. "So to give him credit he seemed like a very nice fellow".

They'd gotten this inside 15 minutes, at around midnight on a Friday.

After a Google search of the Prince, confirmation the officers were actually police and a phone call to liquor licensing, everyone was allowed in. "With all the best intention of lawmakers, it's a ridiculous law".

"The authorities have threatened us to the nth degree if we do break a law".

Despite the fact this sets an obvious precedent - one that nearly certainly wouldn't apply to an average punter who'd forgotten their licence - Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath says the episode demonstrated that "the licensed venue applied the law equally ... as with anyone else visiting our venues".

The Crown Prince and his Australian wife, Princess Mary.

"The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation has no knowledge or notification of this incident occurring", she said.

@JoshBavas: Premier thanks Prince Frederik for visiting Queensland.

But Mr Lane said knocking back a prince trumped his dozen French winemakers, however it also highlighted an inconsistency in the laws.

Hogan said that despite all the trouble, Frederik handled the situation well.

But it doesn't matter how old you are or who you are, if you don't have your ID in Brisbane then you won't get into the bar late at night.

He described the problem of balancing security has been hard.

"It's certainly not the headlines that we want going around the world", chief executive Brett Fraser told ABC Radio Brisbane.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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