Alice Springs will continue as the alcohol supply centre for an enormous region, assisted by the Coober Pedy ID requirements and to a smaller extent by the Tennant Creek Licensees Accord. ALCOHOL WATCH # 11 by Russell Guy. PHOTO: Confiscated grog, some decanted into soft drink bottles.
Drunks costs the NT $642 million a year, or $4000 per person and four and a half times the national average. And wine growers in many regions are still paid pathetically low grape prices, and struggling corporate wineries keep posting ‘catastrophic’ earnings downgrades. ALCOHOL WATCH # 10 by Russell Guy. PHOTO: A graffiti with the Ku Klux Klan acronym at a drinking camp in Alice Springs.
PHOTO: In 1990, the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress purchased a food outlet and an attached takeaway liquor licence, and allowed the licence to lapse immediately at considerable cost to itself, and making a spectacle of pouring out booze in Gap Road. These days Aboriginal interests are less coy about becoming part of the grog trade, owning three IGA bottle shops and one in the Milner Road store. Photo by ERWIN CHLANDA.
It’s official. The NTG can justly issue car registration plates under the moniker ‘Drink Up!’, or perhaps more to the point, ‘What goes around, comes around’. Plus other booze news in ALCOHOL WATCH #3 by Russell Guy. Picture:In the 1980s, images of multiple road trains importing grog into the NT don’t seem to have had any effect. Forty years on, the latest figures reveal the equivalent of 115,000 slabs sold, Territory-wide each week. That's about one slab a week per man, woman and child.