The Australian Federal Court today ruled that the sale of clothes for children should be treated as adult clothing.
In a case involving a woman who claimed to be 15, the court ruled the clothing should be sold to a “qualified adult” who could legally consent to its sale.
The woman had argued she was 18 years old when she bought the clothing and she was a virgin when she married her husband.
The court ruled she could not be required to obtain the consent of her husband’s parents or guardians before buying the clothes.
The court said that, while the woman’s age was a factor, there was no “clear and convincing evidence” that her age at the time of the sale was a significant factor in her decision to buy the clothing.
The case was heard in the Federal Court of New South Wales.