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There is currently no law in WA preventing adults from supplying your child with alcohol when they are in their homes without your permission. Adults who choose to do this should be held accountable for their actions and the consequences of them. Adolescents and children as young as twelve are drinking alcohol supplied by adults without their parent’s knowledge or consent at private functions in private premises. If your underage child attends a gathering in someone’s home, becomes intoxicated, has a serious accident, or is sexually assaulted, there is no Secondary Supply Law applicable for the adult who supplied the alcohol.
Adolescent drinking is a source of growing concern throughout Australia and the world. Data suggests underage drinking contributes to Australia’s unhealthy drinking culture. Something must be done to address this. As a community we must make a stand and demand Secondary Supply Laws to ensure adults can be held accountable for supplying alcohol to minors without parental permission.
The Hon Terry Waldron MLA, The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor.
Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, Premier, Minister for State Development
Please introduce Secondary Supply Legislation for alcohol in Western Australia. I believe making parents accountable for allowing underage drinking in their homes without parental permission is necessary in order to make a positive contribution to improving Australia's harmful drinking culture.
The Alcohol.Think Again Parents, Young People and Alcohol Campaign is a joint initiative of the Drug and Alcohol Office (DAO), the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth (MCAAY) and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (TICHR).
Mother-of-four Samantha Menezes' push for secondary supply laws in WA has reached new heights after her petition with almost 6000 signatures was tabled in Parliament and Labor formally backed the move with its own Bill.
Esther Foundation executive director Patricia Lavater, a former Australian of the Year finalist, said the clientele at her drug and alcohol recovery program had changed in the past five years from drug users in their 20s to girls with alcohol problems aged just 13.
We know through a national survey that parents are the most common source of alcohol for 15 to 17 year olds, which is why GrogWatch applauds the state governments that have brought in secondary supply laws . Critics of these laws claim that in practice they don't stop adults supplying alcohol to young people.
Leigh was an outgoing, cheerful and mischievous lad with a fanatical devotion to sports. On that cold and wet night, Leigh joined up with a group of young school children who had acquired a large quantity of high strength "Imitation Vodka Essence". The essence was purchased by a parent and given to two other boys in the group.
Nine out of 10 WA parents want the State Government to get tough on underage drinking with laws to prevent the supply of alcohol to children, research shows. An independent survey of 1600 adults commissioned by the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth found 91 per cent of parents of school-aged children supported secondary supply laws recommended by health groups and Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan.
Teenagers are drinking at increasingly younger ages and bringing more problems into school on Mondays after booze-fuelled weekend parties, according to the head of one of Perth's most prestigious girls' colleges. Presbyterian Ladies' College principal Beth Blackwood said society should be concerned about the increasing prevalence of under-age drinking by students as young as 13 and its effect on adolescent brains.
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