PENALTIES FOR ALCOHOL SUPPLY
The Hon. JENNIFER GARDINER: My question without notice is directed to the Attorney General, and Minister for Industrial Relations. Is it a fact that on 20 December last year an adult aged 19 was convicted of supplying alcohol to three minors after being apprehended at the Wagga Wagga bathing beach and was fined $550? Is it also a fact that on appeal a court in Sydney quashed the conviction under section 556A of the Crimes Act, thus ensuring that a conviction would not be recorded? Given the severe problems involving alcohol and minors in New South Wales, what steps will the Attorney take to ensure that penalties available to the courts reflect the seriousness of the crime?
The Hon. J. W. SHAW: I do not, of course, know of the particular case to which the Hon. Jennifer Gardiner refers; nor do I know whether the information provided by her is sufficient for me to research the case. However, I undertake to make inquiries and to provide whatever information I can about the matter.