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Tennant Creek revives Banned drinker register

Date posted: 20 March 2014

The Banned drinker register (BDR) has been resurrected at Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.

The system, which requires personal identification to buy alcohol, was abolished by the Country Liberals when they were elected to government in 2012.

Now, takeaway alcohol outlets at Tennant Creek have reintroduced the BDR scanners and computer databases first put in place by the former Labor government to police liquor restrictions.

During the election campaign, the Country Liberals pledged to terminate the BDR because they said it did not reduce drinking and was a 'blanket annoyance to everyone at the bottle shop'.

Since then, the Opposition, community and medical groups have argued for its reintroduction.
A local alcohol control group has been set up at Tennant Creek and the resurrection of the BDR is one of its first recommendations.

Now, the Government has confirmed it is allowing the system to be used to help enforce restrictions on the sale of alcohol at Tennant Creek.

Under local restrictions, the sales of beer, wine and spirits are limited.

Attorney-General, John Elferink, says other communities can follow Tennant Creek's lead if they decide to use the BDR's ID scanners to enforce liquor restrictions. 'A community that wishes to have stronger or lesser liquor restrictions will be able to make those determinations for themselves,' he said.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Last updated: 18 March 2014
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