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The Northern Territory (NT) Government's alcohol reforms, stage one of which was effective from 1 July 2011, have been deemed a success by the Minister for Alcohol Policy, Delia Lawrie. The Minister released a publication on the 23 February 2012 reporting on the first six months of their implementation.
'With more than 60% of assaults in the Territory alcohol related, it is clear that to tackle crime, you must tackle alcohol abuse,' Ms Lawrie said. 'The Enough is enough alcohol reforms tackle crime and anti-social behaviour by stopping problem drinkers from accessing alcohol, wherever they are in the Territory, and mandating treatment.'
Alcohol-related assaults continue to trend down across the NT under the reforms. In Darwin, related assaults were down 12%, and in Palmerston 5% compared with the same time the previous year. Almost 2,200 people are also on the banned drinker register, which is now in place at 190 take-away liquor licences across the NT.
Other elements of the reforms have only recently been put in place, such as the Substance misuse assessment and referral for treatment (SMART) court program, and extra facilities for Territory rehabilitation services.
Source: Northern Territory Government
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