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OK for early teen girls to be drunk in clubs at 2am as long as they’re with an older man!

By johnboy 29 July 2009 62

[First filed: July 28, 2009 @ 11:37]

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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.

And sucks to be a teenage boy!

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Madame Workalot 9:47 am 30 Jul 09

vg said :

“Without sounding personal vg”
“and is the sort of officer who the public are generally afraid of and who give the rest of the force a bad wrap.”

That sounds personal, but what would I know?

Lot of people making suppositions about what did or didn’t happen without having any idea other than there was a Court proceeding

But what would I know (I hope the last one doesn’t make you too afraid dvaey)

The Court proceeding in most cases should contain enough information about the incident for people to make a relatively informed decision. And vg, you’re in a difficult position because you may in fact know details about the case that could offer further insight, but you can’t disclose it. Unfortunately, that means you are essentially saying ‘you’re wrong, but I can’t tell you why’ which makes you sound like an arrogant prick.

Dvaey does have a point though – no-one is infallible, and even police can’t be expected to know every aspect of every law they are supposed to enforce off the top of their head. I didn’t think he was trying to insult you personally, but perhaps trying to gently point out that it’s ok to be wrong sometimes, and if you refuse to acknowledge this it may give others the perception that you are stubborn, arrogant and a bully. Which does not a nice police officer make.

But hey, what would I know? 🙂

Granny 2:38 am 30 Jul 09

That’s a good point, vg. Hopefully she was taken to hospital and her parents contacted to collect her.

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