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Date posted: 23 May 2012
An Aboriginal legal aid organisation says the Northern Territory (NT) Government must provide more alcohol rehabilitation services in remote Indigenous communities.
Jonathon Hunyor, from the North Australia Aboriginal Justice Agency, says efforts to stop alcohol-fuelled violence must include rehabilitation for people in their home communities.
In February a refurbished $1.6 million sobering-up shelter was opened in Tennant Creek, replacing an older facility, and offering transitional accommodation in the Territory town. Mr Hunyor says while this is positive, there need to be further facilities like this one developed.
'We have got some rehab available in Darwin, in Katherine, and we've got the new centre in Tennant,' Mr Hunyor said. 'That's great, but where are the services available in Maningrida, in Wadeye, in Lajamanu, Borroloola and places like that where we really need much more resources?'
Mr Hunyor also says the NT Government should rethink its ban on people who have been convicted of assault from using the Substance misuse assessment and referral for treatment (SMART) court system. Mr Hunyor says the system is closed to anyone who has committed a violent crime, and that reduces its effectiveness.
Source: ABC News