Police were dealing with a large group of intoxicated people in Alice Springs overnight at the Hidden Valley Town Camp (at left) who surrounded and threatened police, and damaged a police vehicle by throwing rocks. Commander Bradley Currie (pictured) says "some of our most vulnerable" to COVID-19 infection were involved.
Drunks in Alice Springs street first thing this morning while in Tennant Creek, police fail to prevent drunken mayhem, writes Kay Eade (pictured),Executive Officer, Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory. Ms Eade provides a link to the detailed reasons of the Director-General of Licensing for imposing temporary restrictions on Tennant Creek, which included recent increases of 200%+ in some alcohol-related offences.
The slamming – his word – by Chief Minister Adam Giles of Prime Minister Julia Gillard for her "loosely veiled threat to cut funding to the Territory if the Government doesn’t reinstate the failed Banned Drinkers Register" would have a great deal more credibility if the NT police, for which he has responsibility, provided information that would make the BDR debate much better informed.COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. PICTURED: The leaked document. It seems to show a 50%, not nearly a 100%, increase in hospital admissions.
If you're inclined to scream "Why Me" every time you hear the word alcohol restrictions, take some comfort from how Australia's most famous beach and former venue for wild New Year's Eve boogies is dealing with the issues. Not only is alcohol completely banned from Bondi Beach at all times, but so is smoking. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. ABOVE: Signs prohibiting smoking and drinking alcohol on world famous Bondi Beach, bans brought in by local government after "riots".