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Federal Government hands back intervention-era alcohol powers to NT

Date posted: 10 March 2016

The Federal Government has returned a key measure of its intervention into Northern Territory (NT) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities - controlling alcohol prohibition.

The Commonwealth seized control of alcohol management from the NT Government as part of a suite of policies introduced by the former Howard government in 2007 to address issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the NT. Nearly 10 years on, the Commonwealth has returned the power, but has retained the right to vary alcohol permit conditions after consulting the NT Government.

Many residents in communities in the NT hope the change will mean they have the opportunity to pare back rules prohibiting drinking alcohol in prescribed areas and town camps.

Source: ABC News


Last updated: 10 March 2016
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