Last week the ACT Parliament introduced a secondary supply law, at long last. The law will prevent minors being supplied with alcohol without parental consent, and brings the state into line with the rest of the country – South Australia excepted.
Research shows that alcohol consumption can affect developing teenage brains, so we’re pleased to see another jurisdiction take the threat alcohol poses to young people seriously. The Bill would impose a fine of $3000 people found guilty of supplying alcohol to under-18s.
Now that the Australian Capital Territory has caught up with the rest of the country, the ball is very firmly in South Australia’s court: it’s time for laws that protect young and vulnerable in that state too.