New owners cop first police order to "suspend a licensed premises from trade for a period of not more than 48 hours" brought in on June 20, about the date when new owners took over Piggly Wiggly. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The request from Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, to appoint an assessor to review liquor premises is another example of Federal interference in the Territory, write Peter Chandler, NT Minister for Business. Meanwhile David Tollner, NT Minister for Alcohol Rehabilitation and Policy, writes the Federal government is acting on incorrect statistics from the former NT Labor government.
How will the liquor outlets enforce a limit for the footy weekend of one carton or one spirits bottle per person per day if they have no authority to ask for an ID? Is there anyone living in Alice so naive as to think the clients targeted by these restrictions will answer truthfully when asked if they have already purchased a bottle or a carton? And aren't we being just a wee bit precious about this whole ID thing, asks Hal Duell.
For those who think they've seen all the absurdity of liquor restrictions, we bring you this sign. The photo is from former Alice identity Col Saunders. The Liquor Commission says the sign is apparently near Daly River. There are no drinking paddocks in the southern half of the NT.
Alex Nelson comments in a Letter to the Editor on a public meeting about anti-social behavior in Alice Springs, about grog abuse, family neglect, social dysfunction and breakdown of traditional values arising from the 'urban drift' of Aboriginal people leaving their home areas in favour of accessibility of liquor in Alice Springs. When was that meeting? 30 years ago.