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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Supplying alcohol to minors no minor offence

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Tuesday, November 08, 2011

    Supplying alcohol to minors no minor offence

    A new state-wide advertising blitz will spread the message that supplying alcohol to underage teenagers is dangerous and could end in an $8000 fine for parents.

    Attorney-General Paul Lucas said 2000 bottle shops and hotels would be decked out with posters, postcards and shelf advertising as well as carry messages on paper bags and post-it notes to remind parents that the irresponsible supply of alcohol to minors was illegal.

    Mr Lucas said campaign materials would be rolled out over coming days and also displayed at accommodation and entertainment venues at schoolies hotspots like the Gold Coast, Airlie Beach, Magnetic Island and Yeppoon during the lead up to 39,000 school leavers celebrating the annual event.

    He said the campaign message, “supplying alcohol to minors is no minor offence,” was aimed at reminding parents that they risked being fined if they loaded up their children with booze.

    “For many Queensland school leavers, Schoolies is a fun time to celebrate finishing their high school education,” Mr Lucas said.

    “It’s important that these celebrations are safe and responsible.

    “The reality is that when you get big groups of people together in the one spot and put booze in the mix, there’s a potential for trouble.

    “You can see unsafe behaviour like swimming while you’re drunk, hanging from balconies, fist fights and worse.

    “That’s why we’re reminding parents that loading their children up with eskies full of grog is not only a bad idea, it’s an offence and they could be stung with a fine.

    “This is a $60,000 campaign rolled out across 2000 bottle shops and hotels so there’s no excuse for not knowing.”

    Mr Lucas said the laws had been in place since 2008 and 21 people had been fined for oversupply of liquor.

    He said the laws were not designed to target parents who acted in a responsible manner.

    “Many parents or guardians choose to educate their children in the responsible consumption of liquor through properly supervised consumption in the family home,” he said.

    “However, parents loading up a trolley full of booze for underage teenagers to wheel directly into their favourite schoolies stomping ground is dangerous and it’s illegal.”

    Mr Lucas said adults who supplied alcohol to children they were not responsible for were also committing an offence.

    “These people will be dealt with in the same manner, an on-the-spot fine of $750, or face court and incur a maximum penalty up to $8000,” he said.

    “Queenslanders should also remember that supplying alcohol to a minor on licensed premises can incur a $1000 on the spot fine or a court penalty of up to $8,000.”

    Mr Lucas said the campaign would continue through to next year to target holiday season parties by minors.

    For more information, including tips for parents and carers on speaking to their children about alcohol, is available at www.olgr.qld.gov.au

    Schoolie 2011 Estimates

    • Gold Coast (35,000)
    • Airlie Beach (3,000)
    • Magnetic Island (600)
    • Yeppoon (500)

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