Pub hours may be on ideas summit agenda
Calls to limit the number of bars and shorten pub opening hours in a bid to tackle binge drinking are set to be examined by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's 2020 ideas summit.
The head of World Vision Australia, Tim Costello, has urged governments to tighten rules governing pubs and clubs, especially the number of outlets and closing times.
The push follows a disturbing report by the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) this week which found about one tenth of teenagers abused alcohol in a typical week.
Among 16 and 17-year-olds the figure was one in five, while more than 450,000 children live in homes in which adults binge drink.
"There are far too many outlets," Mr Costello said.
"Closing times need to be adjusted. The way we serve alcohol in a responsible way, the codes for serving alcohol, need to be tightened."
Mr Costello, a member of the summit's steering committee, wants the problem of alcohol abuse and teenage binge drinking to be high on the talkfest's agenda.
Mr Rudd, who has described the binge-drinking problem as "an epidemic" supports the summit examining the problem, but warns that government alone can't solve the issue.
"As a community and a government, we need to act...but with most social problems, it's not just government alone. Community and families... need to work in partnership with us as well," he said.