Question by sombody: Australian Laws on Drinking, Guns, Gambling, smoking, drugs, etc?
How old do you have to be to drink in Australia?
What are some of the gun laws?
Is there a death penelty in Australia? If so what for?
Is gambling legal? If so where?
Can you smoke in public in Australia?
What drugs are legal in Australia?
How old do you have to be to drive in Australia?
And any general laws that I do not have above that are different from the USA.
Thanks for all your help eveyone.
Answer by Elizabeth
The legal drinking age across Australia is 18.
Australian Gun Control Laws are very strict.
I don’t usually use Wikipedia as a source but they cover our firearms laws very well.
Gun politics in Australia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Australia does not have the death penalty.
What sort of gambling?
We have casinos and there are poker (slot) machines in clubs and pubs. We also have betting on horse and dog racing etc at the track or at the TAB (betting shop) or telephone and online.
Yes, you can smoke in SOME public outdoor areas in Australia. For example, in my state, smoking inside school grounds and near playground equipment in parks is prohibited. All indoor smoking is prohibited where I live.
Laws vary from state to state. Yet again, Wikipedia has a comprehensive list state by state.
List of smoking bans in Australia:
List of smoking bans in Australia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
What do you mean by drugs? Marijuana, Heroin etc are all illegal.
The only legal drugs are on prescription from a doctor or asprin, paracetamol etc.
In Australia, the driving age differs between 16.5 in South Australia and 18 in Victoria.
New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia have a driving age of 17.
It’s illegal to carry a concealed weapon of any kind here. That includes knives, guns or any other item deemed a concealed weapon.
Blood alcohol limit while driving is .05 across the country.
ZERO blood alcohol is the law for learner drivers and those accompanying learner drivers. Probationary drivers. Public transport drivers eg bus, train, tram and taxi etc. Those people operating cranes etc. Police on duty. I know there are other zero blood alcohol situations but I can’t think of them right now.
We have extremely strict importation, customs, and quarantine laws especially covering plant and animal matter. This is to prevent outbreaks of diseases such as Foot and Mouth and Rabies which are unknown in Australia.
We also have restrictions prohibiting the importation of these dangerous dog breeds: Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, the Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and the Brazilian Mastiff.
Edit: The criminal charge in Australia regarding causing a death while driving (because of driver negligence) is not usually manslaughter but culpable driving causing death.
(Culpable means deserving of blame or censure as being in the wrong.)
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