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Date posted: 18 February 2014
The Federal Government has set up a federal inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The lower house's Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs will look into what factors contribute to harmful drinking across Indigenous communities and ways to minimise alcohol-related harm.
The committee's chair, Liberal MP Sharman Stone, said the committee is not singling out Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the only group that has problems with alcohol. But she said there is concern those in the community who do drink, do so at riskier levels which have greater health-related impacts.
The Northern Territory's Shadow Minister for Indigenous affairs criticised the inquiry when it was first flagged by Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion in January 2014.
The inquiry is the latest in a string of government attempts to tackle the problem of alcohol use in Indigenous communities.
A series of bills passed in the last decade have introduced measures from Labor's Stronger futures alcohol restriction and income management scheme to the Howard government's Northern Territory intervention.
Submissions to the inquiry are due by April 17.
Source: Sky News