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Grog stats: No independent review

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Claimed decreases in alcohol related assaults are based on government information: The massive size of the published drops suggests that they should be verified by independent reviews. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: PHOTO: In 1990, the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress purchased a food outlet and an attached takeaway liquor licence, and allowed the licence to lapse immediately, pouring out booze in Gap Road.

Ted Egan: Forget splitting hairs, counting drops of blood.

2640 Ted Egan 2 SM2640 Jones book woman SMAny person who can establish genetic link to Australia in 1787 may be acknowledged, honoured and respected, by official recognition as a First Australian. I make some hopefully positive suggestions on semantic issues, as the nation looks for positive ways to “close the gap”. It is a chasm. We certainly need to be thinking big, to allow meaningful interpretation of our history, going back centuries in reflection. By TED EGAN (at left). Young Arrernte woman at Alice Springs Telegraph Station, ca. 1895.

Liquor laws may force convenience stores to close

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A cap on sales of alcohol at 25% of store turnover proposed for next year could have no impact on the total alcohol sales in Alice Springs, but would channel more trade to Woolworths and Coles. By ERWIN CHLANDA.

$10m upgrade instead of new youth detention centre

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Public opposition to the proposed siting of a new youth detention centre was a factor in the government decision not to build it, but $10m will be spent on expanding the current facility next to the adult prison, Families Minister Dale Wakefield announced today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Cops at bottle shops: expensive bluff?

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How much does the Point of Sale Intervention – cops at bottleshops – rely on bluff? Is it working? Or is whatever gain it  produces offset by the harm done to our community by the racial profiling of which there is ample anecdotal evidence. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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