Police will be given new powers to stop parents turning a blind eye to under-age drinking, making it a criminal offence to host house parties where alcohol is consumed by under-18s.
Under the plan being pushed by the O’Farrell government to make it easier for police to fight the teenage booze culture, adults would face a maximum 12 months’ jail for supplying alcohol to any minor who is not their own child. Police and academics have welcomed the push, saying it has to be made clear drinking ”begins at 18, not before”. But civil liberties groups warned against turning parents into criminals over a ”sip of champagne”.
Senior police said call-outs to parties where children as young as 13 were drinking under the noses of adults were a weekly experience for local area commands across NSW.