LIQUOR LICENSING (SUPPLY TO MINORS) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (11:25): I rise to make a brief contribution and wholeheartedly support the member for Morialta's bill because I too, like many in this house, have a young family with children spread out in age. I have an older son who is 23, my youngest daughter is 10 and my middle daughter, just turning 16, is starting to come into the realm of peer group pressure coming into what they call the party scene.

Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (11:25): I rise to make a brief contribution and wholeheartedly support the member for Morialta's bill because I too, like many in this house, have a young family with children spread out in age. I have an older son who is 23, my youngest daughter is 10 and my middle daughter, just turning 16, is starting to come into the realm of peer group pressure coming into what they call the party scene.

I guess in today's world the young are always looking to be older than what they are; always looking to be part of the scene, if you like, to be invited to parties. Along with the invitation to those parties comes the pressure; the expectation that attending a party is all about having a drink, having a good time and having a dance. That does not apply to all the young ones. It does not apply to all children who are under age.

Sadly, what I am seeing is a growing trend in today's society that there is an expectation that most 15 and 16 year olds do consume alcohol, whether it is attending a party or whether it is attending a formal.

It is about parents being responsible. What their parents are like is what their children are like and, potentially, if you promote drinking to your children, in most cases, it is a reflection. If we see parents being responsible with their children, giving them some form of responsibility, giving them some sort of ownership that they are coming of age, I think it can be responsible.

Whether they are under-age or over-age, it is something that usually happens behind closed doors, but what it leads to along the way really does have an impact on how young under-age children, in most cases, behave. I have gone along to a lot of formals, proms and socials and have had to drag kids away from consuming alcohol because they are performing badly. I seek leave to continue my remarks.

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