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|Posted: Tue 9 Oct - 13:48 (2012) Post subject: Northern push to lift grog controls and speed limit
Northern push to lift grog controls draws fire
By Rick Hind
The Northern Territory and Queensland governments have been warned not to
lift alcohol restrictions in dry Aboriginal communities.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has called for the abolition of alcohol
management plans in 19 Indigenous communities in his state, and Territory Chief
Minister Terry Mills has indicated he will consider relaxing alcohol
restrictions if communities call for it.
The Federal Opposition's Indigenous Affairs spokesman Senator Nigel Scullion
says they would regret any such moves.
"They know from ... a lot of previous experience that the reintroduction of
alcohol into Indigenous communities is a retrograde step," he said.
"If it is done properly, with a plebiscite, each time they will tell you that
they don't want alcohol back in their communities."
Prominent Indigenous academic Marcia Langton says the proposals to relax
alcohol restrictions in dry Aboriginal communities are irresponsible.
Professor Langton told the ABC that the move goes against the warnings of
"I just think this is unacceptable," she said.
"I know that everybody who has ever done any research in the field, and I'm
working with several of the best, will tell Australians that this is wrong.
"This is causing severe endangerment to women and children in these
"This is a cheap electoral trick for the big men in Aboriginal communities
who want their cases and their slabs of beer, their cases of spirits.
"They want the unfettered right to drink, without regard for the
Senator Scullion says there is a perverse incentive to sell alcohol in
communities that can't rely on council rates and other sources of revenue to pay
"Particularly when clubs can then say, 'well, look at all the money we've
made out of alcohol, it's fantastic! We have scholarships we can send kids away,
we sponsor the local footy team, we have all these local give-aways'," he
"It is sad that these communities would have to rely on the sale of alcohol
to provide services that other communities would take for granted."
|Speeding towards a return to no limits |
AAP | October 8th, 2012
OPEN speed limits could be restored to outback Northern Territory roads within a year, a senior government minister says.
A maximum speed limit of 130km/h was announced by the former Labor government in late 2006.
The Country Liberals, who have opposed the speed restrictions since they came into force in January 2007, returned to power in August.
Northern Territory Attorney-General John Elferink said open speed limits could be revived within a year despite some evidence showing a link with road fatalities.
"We certainly haven't ruled that out," Mr Elferink told reporters in Brisbane on Friday ahead of a meeting with his federal and state counterparts.
Jolly good, no speed limit and alcool make a lethal combination
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