Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4525 ..
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 for the period 1 January 2001 to 30 September 2003;
(3) Of those, how many of these persons:
(a) are prosecuted;
(b) have been found guilty of an offence;
(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 Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
(1) There are seven inspectors in the Office of Fair Trading who are responsible, as part of their duties, for the enforcement of the underage drinking laws under the Liquor Act 1975 (the Act). In addition to this all ACT police officers are also inspectors under the Act and can, and do, enforce the provisions of the Act.
(2) One hundred and eleven underage persons have been detected on licensed premises during the period 1 January 2001 to 30 September 2003.
(3) (a) Eighteen young people were prosecuted.
(b) Twelve cases were proved without conviction. Five young people were placed on a good behaviour bond.
(c) One young person was convicted and fined $75.00 plus court costs.
(4) The young people were conveyed to the nearest police station or escorted to the nearest police officer. In the presence of a parent or guardian, they were issued with a formal caution as permitted under the Act.
(5) Five adult individuals were prosecuted in court for supplying alcohol to people under the age of eighteen.
(6) Forty-six licensees had disciplinary action taken against them before the Liquor Licensing Board and seven licensees have been prosecuted in court.
(7) In respect of the matters taken before the Liquor Licensing Board three licensees were fined a total $2,950, and one was reprimanded, for selling liquor to minors; eight