The NT Government continues to focus its alcohol policy reforms on "problem drinkers", seen as those who commit alcohol-related crime.
Minister for Alcohol Policy, Delia Lawrie, has introduced legislation to Territory parliament that gives police and the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Tribunal "additional tools to get problem drinkers out of public places and into rehabilitation".
Police will have the power to issue an infringement notice to people drinking in a public place within two kilometres of licensed premises and causing a nuisance to other persons. This will be in in addition to their existing power to tip out grog.
The infringement notice will be linked to the Banned Drinker Register, increasing "the ability of police to target repeat offenders and direct them into treatment".
The AOD Tribunal will be able to force problem drinkers into rehabilitation and also to make orders that a person be subject to income management.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the Conservative British Government proposing to introduce a floor price for alcohol in the UK, a floor price at least for the NT has again become a hot debating point. – Kieran Finnane