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Date posted: 9 January 2014
The Federal Government will hold a national inquiry into how to tackle increasing rates of alcohol-fuelled violence.
Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, says the terms of reference will be wide-raging, and will include everything from an evaluation of the Northern Territory's scrapped Banned Drinker Register to reducing violence outside Sydney's pubs.
The inquiry will consider solutions tied to both the supply of, and demand for, alcohol.
Senator Scullion says alcohol abuse is so severe nationally that it is time for politicians to abandon one-eyed solutions. 'We become welded to one end of the spectrum and we have a polarised argument, this is the only way,' he said.
He says the Government is still deciding which parliamentary committee will be the best forum for the bipartisan national inquiry. 'This sort of inquiry that can look at alcohol management measures in all its shapes and forms,' Senator Scullion said. 'I think it can inform us to make sure that the regulators and law makers across all the jurisdictions of Australia have the very best evidence under which to ensure that all our management plans in the future are effective and really change those negative aspects of alcohol consumption.'
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation