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NT Indigenous communities could regain more control over alcohol

Date posted: 4 May 2016

The signing of a new national partnership agreement, the Northern Territory (NT) Remote Aboriginal Investment, is soon to replace the Stronger Futures agreement, concerning the management of alcohol consumption on the NT. The NT Government is working on a draft alcohol policy for the whole of the territory, which talks of returning choice about alcohol management to remote Indigenous communities.

Commonwealth officials have given in-principal support to Licensing NT for a number of alcohol action initiatives in remote areas and are on the cusp of granting such approval for a further $2 million worth of initiatives planned for this year.

The Territory Government's NT-wide alcohol policy is a separate initiative to the agreement. NT Licensing Minister, Peter Styles, said that allowing regulated drinking in communities could reduce harm done by illegal drinking.

'You've got people in communities who are good responsible citizens of the NT, who don't want to see their people getting into an unregulated consumption of alcohol pattern.', said the Minister.

Source: ABC News

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