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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 8 Hansard (5 August) . . Page.. 3632..


Youth-alcohol

(Question No 1652)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 1 July 2004:

(1) How many young persons were caught for underage drinking between 1 July 2003 and 30 June 2004;

(2) What action was taken against these young persons;

(3) How many of these young persons were actually charged and taken to court;

(4) What action was taken against those who were not taken to court;

(5) Can the Minister (a) detail any incidents of licensed premises and other persons being prosecuted in relation to supplying alcohol to underage persons, (b) indicate how many licensees and other persons supplying alcohol to underage persons were charged and convicted by a court and (c) indicate the penalties that were imposed and what other actions, if any, were taken against those persons not charged.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) 19.

(2) All persons cautioned received a caution by a sergeant of police in the company of a parent or guardian.

(3) Nil. The cautioning system replaces court prosecutions for minors who are caught contravening a provision of the Liquor Act 1975. If the minor commits a second offence within 12 months of being cautioned then prosecution action is taken.

(4) See answer to question 2.

(5) (a) Nil.

(b) Nil for offences arising in 2003/2004.

(c) There were no persons identified as having sold or supplied liquor to underage person who were not charged with the offence.

Crime-statistics

(Question No 1653)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 1 July 2004:

(1) In relation to persons found guilty by the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory from 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004, how many persons were convicted of assault related offences;

(2) As a result of being convicted of the offences, how many were (a) sentenced to a term of imprisonment, (b) sentenced to Home Detention, (c) sentenced to a periodic detention and (d) given a non-custodial sentence.


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