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Sydney bottle shop forced to shut for selling to minor

NSW is cracking down on the sale of booze to minors, and it appears to be working.

For the first time in the state, a major bottle shop has been forced to close for two weeks after selling alcohol to a minor. The Liquorland at Eastgate Shopping Centre in Bondi Junction was caught selling beer to a 16 year-old carrying the expired ID of a 22 year-old that looked nothing like him.

Legislation came into effect in December 2014, stating that bottle shops and bars can have their licence immediately suspended for selling alcohol to minors, and if they’re caught more than three times in a year, their liquor license can be suspended for one year.

NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant is sending a strong message: “If you sell to a minor we will come after you. The government is constantly running operations to crack down on the sale of liquor to minors. It’s just not worth the risk.”

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