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Liquor review backs juvenile supply laws
Liquor review backs juvenile supply laws

Laws banning the secondary supply of alcohol to juveniles on unlicensed premises have been recommended in a review of liquor laws released today by the State Government.

The review contains 141 recommendations.

One of the recommendations is that it should be an offence to supply liquor to a juvenile on unlicensed premises.

It would be a defence if the person is a parent or guardian of the juvenile, or if the parent or guardian authorised the supply of alcohol.

It also recommends that licensees selling packaged liquor be required to request ID from people who appear to be aged under 25.

And it says police should be able to use an alcohol intervention program as alternative to infringement notice for minor offences for people aged less than 18.

It does not recommend allowing hotels and taverns to open past 10pm on Sundays, unless there is a Monday public holiday.

The review recommends allowing all restaurants to serve liquor without a meal to seated patrons from 6am to 12pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 10pm on Sunday.

It says all liquor stores should be able to trade from 10am to 10pm on Sundays, except where this conflicts with an accord.

Under the review, the definition of drunk would remain unchanged but it says drunk people should be able to stay on licensed premises provided they are not unruly and are no longer served.

High risk venues would have to introduce ID scanning technology.

More to come