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New legislation was passed in the Northern Territory (NT) parliament on 3 May 2012, which expands on the existing alcohol reforms.
This legislation strengthens the powers of the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Tribunal, allowing them to manage the income of welfare recipients on the banned drinker's register. The new laws also give police the power to issue an infringement notice to people drinking in a public place within two kilometres of licensed premises, and causing a nuisance to other persons.
Minister for Alcohol Policy, Delia Lawrie, announced the new legislation in a media release, commenting: 'More tools for police and the tribunal means more problem drinkers out of our public spaces and into treatment, turning their lives around.'
The Minister also tabled a report on the first nine months of the Territory Government's Enough is enough reforms. Minister Lawrie noted that 'More than 60% of crime is alcohol-related, and the Territory Government's Enough is enough alcohol reforms have already seen more than 2,300 problem drinkers put on the banned drinker register and drops in alcohol-related crime in the first nine months.'
Since the introduction of the reforms, Territory-wide figures show a drop of 2.1% in crime relating to alcohol use. The figure of 2,300 banned drinkers indicates that about one in every hundred Territorians are now officially considered problem drinkers.
Source: Northern Territory Government and ABC News
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