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Stronger Futures legislation proposed today

The Government will today introduce its Stronger futures legislation into Parliament.

Most of the new measures proposed by the legislation were announced by the Minister for Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs on 14 November 2011.

These include new initiatives to tackle alcohol abuse, school attendance and employment in remote communities. The legislation proposes the expansion of the School Enrolment and Attendance Measure (SEAM), which links welfare payments to school attendance.

In releases to the media today, the Government focused on what it would do to tackle alcohol abuse and improve access to healthy food for remote communities.

It described new measures to make it easier to ensure that licensed venues are operating properly and not contributing to alcohol related harm through their serving practices.

It also described proposed changes to community stores licensing to improve access to healthy food for remote communities. Under the changes, areas outside of major centres in the Northern Territory will be defined as food security areas. Stores in these areas will need a license if they are an important source of food, drink or groceries to an Aboriginal community.

The Government has simultaneously released a policy statement to accompany the legislation.

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Last updated: 23 November 2011
 
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