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Three-stroke policy for absconding problem drinkers should be removed, NT Law Society says

Date posted: 3 July 2014

Absconding from Mandatory alcohol treatment three times should not be an automatic offence, the Northern Territory (NT) Law Society says.

Addressing last week's 48-recommendation review of NT legislation that allowed a tribunal to force serial problem drinkers into periods of rehabilitation, the society said it also backed increased use of interpreters during assessment and treatment.

Society President, Peggy Cheong, said the circumstances of each person's case should be considered when deciding if they had committed an offence. 'We say the Government and the health system needs to look at what are the reasons behind [their absconding] three times,' she said. 'It really does depend on the circumstances which led to the breach.'

She said interpreters would help problem drinkers engage with the rehabilitation process.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Last updated: 2 July 2014
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