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Date posted: 27 March 2012
The peak body for Aboriginal health services in the Northern Territory (NT), the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT), says Australia should follow Britain's lead and introduce a floor price on alcohol.
John Paterson, CEO of AMSANT says Indigenous communities would benefit if a floor price was introduced in Australia. Mr Paterson says if Britain can do it, Australia can too.
'The long-term effects that it'll have on the community in terms of the high cost around violence and dealing with all those aftermaths of violent attacks and the violence that goes on in community at the moment, there's huge cost benefits for Government to consider if they're prepared to show the leadership and bite the bullet,' he said.
Some health advocates have been calling for a floor price on alcohol in the Territory for years. Mr Paterson himself had already advocated for the introduction of a floor price in 2011.
Source: ABC News
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Darwin NT 0801
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