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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Banned drinker register under parliamentary inquiry microscope

Date posted: 1 April 2014

A parliamentary inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal communities will be presented with new evidence on the effectiveness of the Northern Territory's Banned drinker register (BDR).

The inquiry was launched after Indigenous Affairs Minister's, Nigel Scullion, bid to establish an inquiry into national alcohol issues was watered down to focus exclusively on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The first piece of evidence it will examine is a report from the National Drug and Research Institute that suggests the BDR was an effective tool to cut alcohol-fuelled violence in Alice Springs.

People's Alcohol Action Coalition spokesman, Dr John Boffa, will present evidence that the effectiveness of the BDR was masked because of the over-presentation of people taken to the Alice Springs Emergency Department by police. Dr Boffa will argue this disguised the fact the BDR was effective at cutting Emergency Department presentations, a sign alcohol-related harm in the wider community was falling.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Indigenous


Last updated: 31 March 2014
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