What family support services, if any, exist incommunities like Ali Curung? asks AMSANT chairperson Donna Ah Chee, while calling for urgent implementation of Royal Commission recommendations, full POSI lockdown, removal of take-away alcohol licences from Stuart Highway roadhouses and an end to misinformation in the media.
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After a long day’s drinking four carloads of people ended up at the turn-off to Ali Curung on the Stuart Highway, south of Tennant Creek. Most of them lived at Ali Curung and were family or knew one another. Most were a bit drunk, or very drunk. Grog was running low, arguing and jealous fights broke out. And a woman died. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Pictured: A roadside drinking camp. The inscription on the cross-piece reads, "Let there be light in the darkness." Photo Courtesy Russell Guy.