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Should The Legal Drinking Age be Raised in Australia?

alcoholShould the Australian government be considering raising the legal drinking from 18 to 21 to reduce alcohol fuelled harm? A prestigious group of doctors thinks it should.

The group of doctors believe alcohol violence has gotten out of hand and have put forward recommendations that include increasing the minimum purchase age for certain types of alcohol and for take away alcohol.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians recently put forward a submission which proposes public consultation on these issues.

The doctors submitted an 80 page report urging the government to also consider increasing taxes on alcoholic drinks with higher health risks.

Source: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/drink/calls-for-drinking-age-to-be-raised-and-blood-alcohol-limit-for-drivers-to-be-lowered/news-story/c640f8bb0fe26da8ec099ab6c2e06095

Should Australia Have Stricter Gun Laws

gun lawsThe Australian government is pushing for harsher gun laws to lock up convicted gun traffickers with a mandatory five year jail terms will be rushed into the Senate for the third time.

The Coalition plans to re-establish laws that were rejected twice in the past by parliament, after accusing Labour Leader Bill Shorten of taking a soft approach on gun crime.

Labor is opposed to the mandatory jail terms, saying it is against their principles.

 If the laws were resurrected, the maximum penalties would be doubled to 20 years in jail.

The gun debate has been reignited now as we approach the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur Massacre.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/government-pushes-for-tougher-gun-laws-in-australia/news-story/abd302ca9e1a9279a1ac81721b4b9164