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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

A new tool to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime

Date posted: 23 October 2013

Chief Minister, Adam Giles, has unveiled a new system of Alcohol protection orders designed to help police in their fight against alcohol-related crime. 'Alcohol protection orders are the latest in a suite of measures the Government is pursuing to reduce the crime and antisocial behaviour associated with alcohol abuse in the Territory. About 60% of offences against the person and about 70% of domestic violence order breaches are alcohol-related and the new police powers are aimed at reducing this alcohol-fuelled crime. Under this legislation, an adult who is charged with committing a serious offence under the influence of alcohol can be issued with an order that bans them from consuming or possessing alcohol, or going to any licensed premises. Where Alcohol mandatory treatment is a health program, Alcohol protection orders are aimed at tackling the dangerous cocktail of alcohol consumption and serious crime,' Mr Giles said.

The legislation is being introduced into the Parliament on 16 October 2013 and it is hoped the new orders will be operational by Christmas.

Source: Northern Territory Government Newsroom


Danielle Parry
Northern Territory Government Newsroom
Ph: 0413 081 801


Last updated: 22 October 2013
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