New liquor laws have been passed by the Australian Capital Territory Government that target parents who supply their children or other minors with alcohol irresponsibly.
Attorney-General Simon Corbell said the Liquor Amendment Bill would bring Canberra into line with laws in other states and territories. “It will prohibit the supply of liquor or low-alcohol liquor to children and young people by anyone other than a parent or guardian or someone authorised by a parent or guardian on private property or land” he stated. People who breach the secondary supply law can be fined up to $3,000. New regulations for the supply of alcohol to children by parents or guardians would come into effect within the next 12 months, allowing time for an education campaign to take place.
Secondary supply laws were also introduced into the Western Australia (WA) Parliament in August. These new laws that will see adults face hefty fines if they give children alcohol without their parents’ consent. The change was a key recommendation of an independent review of WA’s liquor laws released in January last year. Mike Daube, McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth director, welcomed the news “It sends an important signal to parents, it sends an important signal to kids and it gives parents the reassurance that it really is right not to serve alcohol to children of any age”.