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The federal government would consider raising the legal drinking age and increasing alcohol taxes if there was a community push for such measures.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and state and territory leaders will consider a range of anti-binge drinking proposals at a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Adelaide on Wednesday.

Leaders will discuss proposals to put cigarette-style warning labels on alcohol packages, establishing national laws to govern the supply of alcohol to minors and nationally consistent rules for the responsible services of alcohol in bars, pubs and clubs.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon said raising the drinking age and hiking alcohol taxes were not priorities, but did not rule out either measure.

"If the communities do raise ideas like this that should be considered, were happy to consider them but theyre not part of our first tranche of priorities that well be focused on," she said.

Ms Roxon said the government was seeking to address binge drinking by changing community attitudes as well as laws.

"This is a social problem not just a legal problem and we need to make sure that we are addressing it as such," Ms Roxon told reporters.

But Paul Dillon from Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia said the community wouldnt feel comfortable with graphic images on alcohol bottles.

"I dont think a person sitting down having a meal at a restaurant would like to see a rotting liver on the side of their bottle of red," Mr Dillon told AAP.

Mr Dillon said information labels on alcohol packaging would be more effective than pictures.

The governments proposals would also strong face resistance from alcohol companies, he warned.

Family First Senator Steve Fielding, a prominent advocate of alcohol law reform, said he hoped COAG would produce real action rather than just a "cosy chat".

Senator Fielding said NSW laws which make it illegal to serve other peoples children alcohol in their home should be extended nationally.


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  • 27 October 201550. Mandy Sloan
    If 18 year olds are allowed to vote, get various piercings, tattoos and buy ciggarettes then we should be able to responsibly drink and buy alchohol. How are 20 year olds going to feel? All of a sudden their under age? I think this law will raise so much
  • 01 September 201549. Alecia P
    I support this petition
  • 26 August 201548. Kane Wood
    this is stupid im not 18 but i turn 18 soon i live with my 26 year old friend, we have house parts quite a bit were underage people turn up it wont solve anything at all it would make things worse
  • 22 August 201547. Sean B
    rasing the drinking age won't change a thing, people will still find a way to get alcohol
  • 11 July 201546. Daniel Farrell
    smelly law...
  • 04 July 201545. Thomas S
    I support this petition
  • 27 May 201544. Casey B
    I support this petition
  • 22 May 201543. James B
    I support this petition
  • 13 May 201542. Nevermore Snyder
    Kevin rudd should have never been allowed into power
  • 01 May 201541. Christopher I
    Raising the drinking age? What is next the legal age for sex; restrictions are placed but yet the topic its self will be defeated by alcohol producing companies declaring that all added pictures/costs to producing their product itself should be paid by th
  • 01 April 201540. Kate S
    I support this petition
  • 08 March 201539. Mia Norman
    I support this petition
  • 01 March 201538. Amber D
    I support this petition
  • 17 February 201537. Chantel F
    I support this petition
  • 16 February 201536. Puck N
    Rudd is a douchebag, why would he do this to our nation? If the government decided to lower the drinking age to allow 18 year olds to go to war, I say, if they can hold a gun, they can have a beer!
  • 13 February 201535. Manni Osborn
    I support this petition
  • 18 December 201434. Amy M
    I support this petition
  • 14 October 201433. Sarah B
    I support this petition
  • 20 August 201432. Renata Morris
    I support this petition
  • 12 August 201431. Catriona D
    It wont do very much! Society and the British culture is what needs sorting out!!!
  • 01 July 201430. Nickita E
    Whats it going to achieve nothing? Just because we are under 21 doesnt mean we are the only idiots! Take a good look at yourself. Maybe you should do more of an effort on drugs than alcohol!
  • 18 June 201429. Tiffany Zhang
    I support this petition
  • 16 June 201428. Alicia Donaldson
    I support this petition
  • 09 June 201427. Joe F
    raiseing the legal drinking age wont do a thing people will still be drinking no matter how old they are
  • 23 November 201326. Ella S
    I support this petition
  • 22 October 201325. Josh S
    BAAAAD idea
  • 09 August 201324. Shaun R
    why change a law that will increase underage drinking?

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