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Outdated policies question town council’s competence

OpEd by PAUL LEWIS The Alice Springs Town Council seems to cop lots of grief, but is it justified? Are the people in charge of the...

Booze battle NGO: Talks about our role haven't even started yet

Its role in mandatory rehabilitation of drunks is still "very early in the discussion" with the NT Government, according to acting CEO of the Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programmes Unit (CAAAPU, pictured), Cameron McGill.

"To be up front about it, we haven't even had those discussions as yet with the NT Government," he said this morning. "We're not even at that stage of consultation."
The NT Government has announced it will not be building its own mandatory rehabilitation facilities, which was a key promise ahead of the elections on August last year, but will shift the task mostly to non-government organisations.

A media release put out this afternoon by Alcohol Rehabilitation Minister Robyn Lambley quotes CAAAPU chief executive, Philip Allnutt, as saying an initial 25 bed pilot program should be conducted "with comprehensive evaluation before expanding to further beds.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Amnesty replies

Amnesty International Australia,
through their Campaigns Director, Andrew Beswick, has made the following
brief statement in response to KIERAN FINNANE's analysis of their report,
The Lands Hold Us. The report criticises changes in government policy,
particularly since the NT Intervention, that have affected Aboriginal
homelands and outstations, especially in the Utopia area.

Says Mr Beswick:-

As a human rights organisation, our role is to point out where
government policies fall short of the international human rights
standards they have committed to uphold.  Unsurprisingly then,
we are looking at the future of the more than 500 homeland and other
smaller Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, through that
lens.

Governments are the ones that are predominantly responsible for
making sure our human rights are fulfilled.  And it is this
notion of accountability, along with these international standards, that
inform our recommendations for government action in our report ‘The land holds us’: Aboriginal peoples’ right to traditional homelands in the Northern Territory.

Rather than the “victim status” we have been accused of assigning to
Aboriginal peoples, we advocate strongly for the right to free, prior
and informed consent to be respected and provide a platform for the
powerful voices of those directly affected by these government policies
in our campaign.

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