LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sir, The CLP should explain to Territorians just what type of inquiry into alcohol-fuelled violence will be held following news emerging today that it will focus on Indigenous harm only.
Families regardless of race are searching for answers as to why random alcohol-fuelled violence has meant the death or serious injury of someone they love.
What on earth is going on? Yesterday CLP Senator Nigel Scullion announced a “broad-ranging national inquiry into alcohol-fuelled violence” and said everything would be looked at, yet today we hear that it will only focus on Indigenous Australians.
Are we to believe that yesterday Senator Scullion recognised that grog harm was a whole-of-society issue yet today it’s a race-based issue? This is extraordinary.
What has changed in a day? The national debate on grog-related harm flared after violent incidents in Kings Cross, Sydney during the festive season, and the outpouring of NSW Police outrage prompted widespread debate. Why now is it harm to Indigenous people only?
How do we segregate out the affects of alcohol on Australians? Why would Government discriminate?
It is nonsense to think that only Indigenous Australians engage in alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour. In the Northern Territory we know that non-Indigenous Territorians drink at 1.5 times the national average and Indigenous Territorians drink at twice the national average. This issue affects everyone.
Why has Senator Scullion changed the scope of the Inquiry? What has happened since yesterday? Why is our Chief Minister Adam Giles silent on this issue? Does he agree that the misuse of alcohol is only an Indigenous issue?”
Leader of the Opposition