Soldier refused a drink at RSL

The Caloundra RSL.
The Caloundra RSL.

A SOLDIER has been refused a drink at a Sunshine Coast RSL Club because his Defence Forces card was not considered legally acceptable identification.

The situation has prompted a review of the legislation regarding acceptable ID in Queensland.

The 18-year-old, who can only be named as Private R for security reasons, had intended having a drink with family and friends in the Caloundra RSL Club's lounge on Wednesday afternoon.

When he was asked for identification to prove he was of the legal drinking age, he produced his Australian Defence Forces card, which carries both a photograph and date of birth.

However, staff told him that under the law, they could not accept the card as ID.

Private R said he had not taken his driver's licence with him and was in the habit of carrying only his Defence Forces card and some money on him if he was not driving.

He described the situation as ironic, given that he was carrying a government-issued card and he was a soldier in an RSL.

“What I do find completely ridiculous and somewhat insulting, is that they will accept foreign forms of identification as long as it has a date of birth and photograph... but will not accept an Australian Army identification which is issued by the Australian Government and also has our date of birth and photograph on it ...,” he said in an email to the Daily.

“I find it an outrage, especially in an RSL! I believe the laws governing this should be changed.”

Caloundra RSL business development manager Lloyd Mills confirmed that Private R had been refused service at the club because his Australian Defence Forces ID card was not legally acceptable.

Mr Mills said the club's policy was to ask for ID for any person who looked to be under 25, but it could only accept one of the four forms of ID listed as acceptable under the Liquor Act.

A statement from the Office of Liquor Gaming and Regulation yesterday afternoon said the Australian Defence Force ID was not currently one of the ID forms outlined in the Liquor Act “but in light of this matter, this is under review.”

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