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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 1260..

Drinking-underage children

(Question No 346)

Mr Stanhope asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 6 April 2001:

In relation to drinking by underage children:

(1) How many inspectors are employed to enforce the provisions of the liquor licensing laws?

(2) How many underage persons have been detected on licensed premises in breach of the laws?

(3) Of those, how many of these persons: a) Are prosecuted; b) Have been found guilty of an offence; and c) Have been fined.

(4) What action was taken against those persons not prosecuted?

(5) What action was taken against any accompanying adult who was either supplying alcohol to the young person or permitting the young person to purchase or consume alcohol.

(6) How many licensees have been prosecuted for offences relating to the sale or supply of alcohol to underage persons?

(7) What penalties were imposed?

(8) What action was taken against the young persons involved in these cases?

Mr Stefaniak: The answers to Mr Stanhope's questions are as follows:

(1) There are currently 5 Inspectors employed in the Office of Fair Trading to enforce the provisions of the Liquor Act 1975.

(2) During each of the following years both Inspectors and Police have detected minors in breach of the underage drinking laws contained in the Liquor Act 1975.

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