The Canberra Times brings the amazing news that the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal has dramatically expanded the possible scope of operations for Canberra’s night clubs.
Late in May we all thrilled to the outrage of a 13 year old girl found drunk and unconscious in Bar 32 at 2am by the police.
But the ACAT has found that because a 21 year old bloke offered to take her home she was in the care of a responsible adult and thus there was no breach.
After an application by barrister Shane Gill for the venue, Tribunal President Linda Crebbin conceded licensing authorities had failed to prove the girl was not in the care of a responsible adult.
”We will, very reluctantly, given the extraordinary circumstances where a 13-year-old girl was on these premises at that time of the night, accept Mr Gill’s submission and the application is dismissed,” Ms Crebbin said.
Civic’s going to get even more exciting once the repercussions of this one shake out.