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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Liquor amendment bill introduced to Territory parliament

Date posted: 29 March 2012

Minister for Alcohol Policy, Delia Lawrie, has introduced legislation to the Northern Territory (NT) parliament, expanding the NT Government's world-first alcohol reforms, which target anti-social behavior.

This legislation, the Liquor and other legislation amendment bill 2012, strengthens the powers of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Tribunal in the NT. The Tribunal will now be able to force problem drinkers into rehabilitation and make orders that a person be subject to income management, including making ex parte orders in the absence of the problem drinker attending the Tribunal hearing.

'More than 60% of crime is alcohol-related, and the Territory Government's Enough is enough alcohol reforms have already seen more than 2,100 problem drinkers put on the banned drinker register, and drops in alcohol-related crime in the first six months,' Ms Lawrie said. 'Building on this success, the Liquor and other legislation amendment bill 2012 gives police and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Tribunal additional tools to get problem drinkers out of public places and into rehabilitation.'

Source: Northern Territory Government

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Media contact:
Patrick Hastwell
Mobile: 0427 017 803

Northern Territory Alcohol Reform
Ph: 1800 131 634
Email: alcoholreforms@nt.gov.au

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Last updated: 29 March 2012
 
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