John Boffa

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Territorians drinking more for the first time since 2005: Why?

Dec 16, 2013 | Discuss

Territorians drinking more for the first time since 2005: Why?

John Boffa from the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition The first increase in alcohol sales and consumption in the NT since 2005, along with increased domestic violence and other offences against the person, reinforces the need for a full-scale joint NT and Commonwealth Board of Inquiry into alcohol consumption and harm in the NT. The Department of Business data finally released on Friday1 shows a two per cent, or more than 100,000-litre, increase in the wholesale supply of alcohol in 2012, ...Read more

Alcoholics heading for jail in the NT: PAAC

May 12, 2013 | Discuss

Alcoholics heading for jail in the NT: PAAC

John Boffa, People’s Alcohol Action Coalition As concerned Alice Springs residents prepare for a crisis rally on grog problems on Monday, the NT Government continues its reactionary approach to alcohol policy. The Alcohol Protection Order (APO) scheme, announced on Friday, will see at least some drunkenness re-criminalised, with police able to charge people for breaching orders when they may not been have convicted of any other offence. The cat is out of the bag. This APO system has a crim...Read more

New chief’s wild talk on animal bars

Apr 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

New chief's wild talk on animal bars

Chief Minister out of Alice, out of touch on grog issues John Boffa, PAAC spokesman Adam Giles’ attack on Federal Minister Macklin over her request that the NT appoint an assessor to look at the operations of two Alice Springs’ liquor outlets – the Gapview and Todd Tavern hotels – are misleading, irresponsible and disingenuous. It is patently obvious that the new NT Chief Minister does not understand what’s going on with grog in his home town – not to mention with alcohol pro...Read more

Tollner silent on Lightning Carnival restrictions

Mar 24, 2013 | Discuss

Tollner silent on Lightning Carnival restrictions

John Boffa, People’s Alcohol Action Coalition (PAAC) Alcohol supply restrictions for the Alice Springs Easter weekend Lightning Football Carnival must be settled and announced at once. This is a matter of urgency. PAAC wrote to the NT Licensing Commission on 13th March asking it to use its powers under the Liquor Act to implement restrictions if local licensees would not voluntarily put them in place. In the event that the Licensing Commission did not act, we asked the new Minister responsible...Read more

Kick a goal for the home team, Robyn

Mar 13, 2013 | Discuss

Kick a goal for the home team, Robyn

By John Boffa, People’s Alcohol Action Coalition There will be up to 30 teams in Alice Springs for the Easter weekend Lightning Carnival from far and wide – plus spectators. The games will no doubt be great. But if there are no decent alcohol restrictions it could be hell on earth for the hospital, police, night patrols, ambulance workers, youth services, road users and anyone else who is out and about. We saw a pretty good set of supply restrictions for the Richmond vs. Indigenous All S...Read more

Elferink’s manipulative mathematics

Feb 25, 2013 | Discuss

Elferink's manipulative mathematics

John Boffa The CLP’s attempts to justify the premature dumping of the Banned Drinkers’ Register show yet again how politicians often manipulate data to suit their own agenda to the detriment of informed debate and the health of Territorians. The People’s Alcohol Action Coalition (PAAC) has repeatedly stated that it is simply not possible to prove or disprove the effectiveness of any alcohol intervention by looking at a single data set in isolation, especially when it is as subjective a...Read more