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Provision of alcohol to minors

An inquiry into the provision of alcohol to minors, including the appropriateness of current laws for the provision of alcohol to minors by parents, guardians and responsible adults; community understanding of these laws; and experiences in other jurisdictions in regard to the provision of alcohol to minors.

Resolution passed 30 May 2012, Minutes no 8

That the Committee inquire into and report on matters relating to the provision of alcohol to minors by parents and guardians, specifically whether:

(a) provisions in the Liquor Act 2007, which make it illegal for persons to sell or supply alcohol to people under the age of 18 years, including in homes, parks, halls and public places generally, are sufficient;

(b) provisions in the Liquor Act 2007, which provide that a person must not supply liquor to a minor on any premises other than licensed premises unless the person is a parent or guardian of the minor, remain appropriate;

(c) the defence against prosecution for an offence of providing liquor to a minor if it is proved that the defendant was authorised by the minor's parent or guardian to supply liquor to the minor, remains appropriate;

(d) there is broad community understanding of the rights and responsibilities of parents, guardians and responsible adults regarding the provision of alcohol to minors;

(e) New South Wales can benefit from experiences in other jurisdictions in relation to the provision of alcohol to minors by parents, guardians or responsible adults; and

(f) any other related matters.


 Terms of reference - provision of alcohol to minors

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