ACTRESS Tania Zaetta likes the idea and PM Kevin Rudd said he would look at the idea but many Callide, Dawson and Monto residents don’t think raising the legal drinking age to 21 would help curb drink driving or binge drinking.
Debate started when Prime Minister Rudd answered a question at a youth forum on ABC TV last week.
TV personality Zaetta backed the idea via comments on Twitter last week, stating: "I’m all for the drinking age being raised to 21 here in Oz, the young’ins these days are a little out of control, what do you think?"
The 39-year-old Bollywood actress re-tweeted some of her followers who agreed with her but Callide, Dawson and Monto residents Central Telegraph asked didn’t support the move.
She also re-tweeted the link to this story earl.ier this week, and has a link posed to her personal website.
North Burnett Division One Councillor Paul Lobegeier, who lives near Monto, argued for shorter licensing hours and more entertainment for youth as possible solutions.
"It’s not that simple as raising the age," Cr Lobegeier said.
"There was less drunken behaviour when pubs closed at 6pm.
He suggested changing licensing hours to close at 10pm or not to serve people under 21 after 8pm.
"Having clubs open till 3am is a recipe for disaster," the Councillor, who had to wait until 21 to have a legal drink when he grew up, said.
Cr Lobegeier said there was a need for more entertainment to avoid making the pub the only option, as when he grew up there were old time dances and cinemas in Monto.
Taroom resident Vikki Lamb said young adults between 18 to 21 years would probably get alcohol from somewhere even if it’s illegal.
"Maybe more driving courses should be available so young adults can be aware how easily it is to lose control in any driving or emergency situations," she said.
Lyn Anderson from the Banana Shire Support Centre said it wouldn’t make a difference.
"It seems that we never learn...prohibition doesn’t work, punitive measures don’t work!
"Let’s be innovative ... take away the punitive stuff and educate, educate, educate - that’s what makes a difference long term," Mrs Anderson said.
Taroom resident Cindy Bruce was one that supported the idea.
"At 18 kids are just out of school and growing a brain which takes a few years.
"They don’t need alcohol to cloud theirfuzzy judgement," she said.
Several residents argued if someone was old enough to vote, fight for the country or drive they were old enough to drink.
Banana resident Libby Homer said they needed to do more to educate the young drivers.
“We have generation Y being governed by the baby boomers- we need to try to understand where they are coming from and stop over regulating them.
“This country is really over policed and doesn't need more legislation,” Mrs Homer said.
Thangool resident Sharon Swift said putting the price of alcohol up will not solve the problem.
“They should look at raising the penalties so it hits them very hard in the hip pocket,” she said.
Biloela woman Sandra Wass voiced her opinion.
“If they cannot stop children under the current age of 18 drinking, what hope do they have of stopping adults under the age of 21?
“Perhaps they should better enforce the current laws before changing them.”