Topic: BatzA - Liverpool
The Battle of Central Station, New South Wales, 14 February 1916
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE
MINUTE PAPER. AIF 245/1/329
(This side only to be written on.)
SUBJECT SALE OF LIQUOR TO MEMBERS OF A.I.F. FORCES WHILE INTOXICATED.
1. It is presumed that the decision of the police not to prosecute in these cases is based on inability to substantiate the statements in the reports attached to this file; for these statements, if they could be proved, would be evidence that soldiers were in a hotel drunk and drinking and this would be sufficient for a conviction of the licensee.
2. The present case however has brought to notice the precise nature of the provisions of Queensland law as to supply of liquor.
3. The Liquor Act 1912 of Queensland provides for prosecution of a licensee who self liquor to a person already drunk, but not for prosecution in case of a sale to a person not drunk at the time of the sale but who becomes drunk in consequence of drinking the liquor sold to him.
4. The law in Tasmania is similar and the laws in the other States may be the same.
5. Para. 9 of the War Precautions Instructions requires Commandants to report to the police, wlth a view to action against the licensee under State licensing laws, all cases of drunkenness among troops which can be traced to the purchase of liquor in a licensed house.
6. Action can only be taken by the police, at all events In queensland and in Tasmania, in cases of sale to a soldier already drunk; consequently Para. 9 of the War Precautions Instructions is ineffective, as to Queensland and Tasmania at all events, unlees it can be proved that a soldier was both drunk and drinking. Many cases of drunkenness will probably occur in which the soldier was not drunk at the time of the sale, but under the present instructions no action can be taken against the licensee.
GGH Irving, Colonel
Chief of the General Staff
Chief of the General Staff. Do you recommend any alteration of War Precautions Instructions?
Senator George F Pearce
Godfrey George Howy IRVING Military Biography
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Further Reading:The Battle of Central Station, New South Wales, 14 February 1916, Roll of Honour
Citation: The Battle of Central Station, New South Wales, 14 February 1916, Irving Letter, 19 July 1915