Adam Giles slams Feds giving themselves new alcohol reform powers in NT
The Australian Government will add to the ways in which it tells the Northern Territory Government what to do with new measures to tackle alcohol abuse just announced.
It's a move vehemently criticised by Shadow Minister for Central Australia, Adam Giles (pictured), who says the "Territory Labor Government has again ceded its sovereignty to the Commonwealth as a direct result of its failure to bring about improvements in living conditions on Aboriginal communities."
The NT's most recent alcohol reforms have been packaged under the banner Enough is Enough but they are clearly not enough, in the view of Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin.
The Stronger Futures legislation, being introduced into the national parliament today, will give her new power to request that the NT appoint independent assessors to look into licensed venues that are contributing to significant alcohol related harm to Aboriginal people through their serving practices.
“If the independent assessors find that the venues are disproportionately contributing to alcohol related harm to Aboriginal people, the Australian Government will work with the Northern Territory Government to ensure the practices of those venues change,” she says.
Specific venues are not mentioned in the government's announcement but the so-called 'animal bars' (video below) of Alice Springs have been the subject of controversy, with strong criticism of their mode of operation aired in the national media, and would seem likely candidates for scrutiny. – Kieran Finnane