Baillieu/Ryan Government To End Brumby Labor Binge Drinking

Baillieu/Ryan Government To End Brumby Labor Binge Drinking

Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu

Coalition Supports Parents And Reduces Alcohol Harm To Young People

Victor P Taffa

A Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government will ban adults from supplying alcohol to a minor in a private home unless parental consent is given, Coalition Leader Ted Baillieu said today.

“A Coalition Government will restore decision-making power to parents over access to alcohol by children with tough new secondary supply laws.” Mr. Baillieu said.

“Parents know what is best for their children and parents should have the right to make the choice about whether their child can drink alcohol while under 18.”

Under Premier John Brumby, binge drinking by Victorian teenagers has doubled, with figures showing that in 2009 nearly one in three 16 to 17 year olds had recently drunk 20 or more drinks in one day.

 

Under existing Victorian Law, any adult is legally able to supply alcohol to a minor in a private residence.

“The Coalition’s Plan will make it illegal to supply alcohol to minors without parental consent, to reduce the dangerous consumption of alcohol by people aged under 18.” Mr. Baillieu said.

“This will mean that friends and associates the most common source of alcohol for 16 and 17 year old drinkers will be breaking the law if they provide alcohol to minors.”

Secondary supply of alcohol to minors is against the law in New South Wales and more recently in Queensland and Tasmania.”

Secondary supply restrictions have been urged in two separate reports by the Parliament’s Drug and Crime Prevention Committee in 2006 and 2010, with such laws supported by the Child Safety Commissioner, the Centre for Adolescent Health and the Australian Drug Foundation.

“Parents know that consumption of alcohol by minors can do both serious short-term damage as well as long-term harm.” Mr. Baillieu said.

“Children who are served alcohol at parties without the consent of their parents have died or been seriously injured from either its direct effects or violence linked to alcohol consumption.”

“The Coalition’s plan will help to fix these problems by restricting the supply of alcohol to minors, supporting parents who want the ability to make positive and responsible decisions about whether their children consume alcohol.” Mr. Baillieu said.

 

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