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Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council



Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council

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Tabled Paper 381


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Eric Poole


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18 years unless they are in the company o-f a parent, guardian or spouse (who is over 18) and alcohol is supplied in conjunction with a meal (N.T. Racing Gaming & Liquor Commission A n n u a l R e p o r t , 1988:21). Because it is impractical to check everyones ID ("pub cards" are now available), doormen are instructed to check only if patrons a p p e a r to be underage. Therefore, many young people (girls in particular) gain illegal entry to licensed premises. Doormen are not always present and not all are vigilant in their ID checks According to the Registrar of the N.T. Racing, Gaming & Liquor Commission, official surveillance of underage drinking in the N.T. is done by 5 Inspectors (assisted by police in remote areas). The police Prosecutor has indicated that there have been no prosecutions of licensees and/or underage drinkers in Darwin to date. Police usually escort offending drinkers home and give them a "talking to". No figures are available on how many have received this treatment or how many were repeat offenders. Underage drinkers in Queensland will soon face one year's suspension of their right to a drivers licence and/or an on-the-spot fine of $50.00 (Courier Nail, April 30, 1990). Repeat offenders could be sentenced to community service. The South Australian government has offered to seriously consider any proposals for on-the-spot fines 37

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