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Aboriginal Peak Organisations of the NT (APO NT) have came out in support of a wide ranging Parliamentary Inquiry into alcohol announced by the Federal Government this week (January 2014).
'APO NT commends the Government for announcing a broad inquiry which will take a comprehensive approach to tackling alcohol abuse,' said APO NT spokesperson, John Paterson. 'For too long our families and our communities have witnessed the destructive effects of alcohol. We need real change to prevent further alcohol related harm to our children and young people,' said Mr Paterson. 'Alcohol related harm affects the whole the community. We believe it is important that this inquiry has a broad remit to examine alcohol related harms across the entire community.'
APO NT previously called for an inquiry which will provide a way forward for action by communities, professionals, and Government to work together to solve the problems of alcohol related harm in our communities. 'Expert evidence tells us that piecemeal solutions which only address part of the alcohol problem are ineffective. As we heard at our Grog Summits, solutions to the harm caused by alcohol must be holistic if they are to be effective,' said Mr Paterson.
'We need recommendations that cover effective alcohol supply controls as well as strong preventative and early intervention measures that address harm minimisation and the need to reduce the demand for alcohol consumption. The inquiry should provide a roadmap based on alcohol policy evidence not on politics, nor the financial interests of the liquor industry,' said Mr Paterson.
Source: Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory