ADULTS could soon be charged for supplying alcohol to minors if a new bill introduced by WA Labor is passed.
Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said this week that the Opposition introduced the Liquor Control Amendment Bill to protect children from consuming alcohol on unlicensed premises, such as private parties.
The bill, if passed, would make illegal the supply of alcohol to a juvenile on unlicensed premises.
The law would also force a person to obtain the juvenile's parent or guardian's permission to supply liquor to that juvenile on unlicensed premises.
"Existing laws make it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 years to purchase alcohol at licensed premises," Mr Murray said.
"However, no laws currently exist to prevent a person over the age of 18 from supplying alcohol to a juvenile on unlicensed premises, such as at a house party.
"We need to close the loopholes that give children access to alcohol, often without their parents' consent."
Mr Murray said the Opposition wanted to make people who supplied alcohol to minors accountable for their actions.
"They will place the onus on parents and guardians to be responsible, to ensure their children and those children in their care, drink responsibly or not at all."