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Rehabilitation laws attract flak

May 30, 2013 | Discuss

Rehabilitation laws attract flak

The NT Government is defending its mandatory alcohol rehabilitation laws from a barrage of criticism with claims that it is acting to save people with alcohol and drug problem from themselves. ABC News reports that Attorney-General John Elferink has rejected a claim by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda that the laws will be found to be illegal because they allow the detention of people who haven’t committed crimes.. Territory Attorney-General ...Read more

Lost generation concern: Menzies child psychiatrist

May 24, 2013 | Discuss

Lost generation concern: Menzies child psychiatrist

A child psychiatrist from the Menzies School of Health Research has spoken out about the need for long-term care options  to protect vulnerable Aboriginal children. ABC Radio reports that Dr Sarah Mares of the Menzies School of Health Research delivered a talk in Alice Springs on the damage trauma does to children’s development. She says all children need stable and loving homes to reach their full potential. “We don’t want another stolen generation, but we don’t want a ...Read more

More support needed for families before adoption: Bath

May 14, 2013 | 2 Comments

More support needed for families before adoption: Bath

The Northern Territory is failing almost a quarter of the children who have been identified as victims of neglect and abuse, according to the Northern Territory children’s Commissioner Howard Bath. Dr Bath told ABC Alice Springs presenter Nadine Maloney nearly one in four children who were “substantiated as being harmed are resubstantiated within 12 months.” Commenting on calls by Chief Minister Adam Giles and deputy Dave Tollner for the introduction of adoption procedures for ...Read more

Eclipse-lovers head for the Barkly

May 09, 2013 | Discuss

Eclipse-lovers head for the Barkly

Tennant Creek, 500 km north of Alice Springs,will bask in the glow of a full annular eclipse tomorrow as astronomers and sightseers descend on the Central Australian for a box-seat view of northern Australian’s second such event in less than a year. Tennant is in a narrow band of Northern Australia in which viewers will be able to see a “ring of fire” as the moon moves in front of the sun at 8.49 am. The ring is visible because when the moon is in front of the sun it is a few percent small...Read more

Hospital admissions hike linked to BDR scrapping

Apr 25, 2013 | Discuss

Hospital admissions hike linked to BDR scrapping

Alcohol Policy Minister Robyn Lambley has conceded the Government’s decision to scrap the banned Drinkers Register may have contributed to a doubling of alcohol-related admissions to the Alice Springs Hospital since it came to power. But she says changed police practices following a death in custody are also likely to have contributed to the rise. Doctors at the hospital leaked figures published in The Australian showing that hospital admissions in which alcohol was a factor rose from about 10...Read more

Only 140 beds for ‘problem drinkers’

Apr 12, 2013 | Discuss

Only 140 beds for 'problem drinkers'

The NT Government has withdrawn from its controversial election promise to build mandatory alcohol rehabilitation centres, opting to spend $100 million over three years  – “a lot more than we had planned to”, according to Alcohol Policy Minister Robyn Lambley – placing ‘problem drinkers’ into existing rehabilitation facilities. But there will be only 140 beds available for the scheme when it begins on July 1, and the government is aiming at 200 – less than a tenth ...Read more

No drinks for Hells Angels

Apr 02, 2013 | Discuss

No drinks for Hells Angels

Members of the bikie gang the Hells Angels will not be allowed to drink in Northern Territory Hotels while they are in the NT for their annual conference. The NT Government has introduced a law which require bar staff to refuse service to customers wearing “outlaw mortorcycle  gang” patches, colours, or cuts between March 31 and April 11. Attorney-general John Elferink said on ABC Radio Alice Springs the restrictions were designed to apply to members of any motorcycle gangs. He told...Read more

Jurrah free

Mar 22, 2013 | Discuss

Jurrah free

Yuendumu footballer Liam Jurrah will try to resurrect his AFL career after an Alice Springs jury found him not guilty of attacking his cousin Basil Jurrah in a fight at an alice Springs town camp last year. ABC News reported the jury took eight hours to reach its unaminous verdict: His family members and supporters stood and clapped when the verdict was read out. Outside the court Jurrah said he wanted to spend time with his family and plan his return to the AFL. “I want to get back into i...Read more

Giles becomes first indigenous chief as tumult rolls on

Mar 13, 2013 | Discuss

Giles becomes first indigenous chief as tumult rolls on

Mills rolled while overseas Adam Giles today became Australia’s first head of government and the first Central Australian member of parliament to to serve as the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory. As reported by The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald, Terry Mills, who led the CLP to victory in the Territory election seven months ago,  was replaced as Chief Minister while on a trip to Japan, where he was informed of his sacking by telephone. A week ago, Mr Giles turned down an...Read more

Lambley gets Health, alcohol

Mar 07, 2013 | 1 Comment

Lambley gets Health, alcohol

NT Attorney John Elferink has been appointed Treasurer, and Alice Springs MLA Robyn Lambley Minister for Health in today’s Northern Territory cabinet reshuffle. Matt Conlan is the Minister for Central Australia. The cabinet reshuffle followed Ms Lambley’s resignation as deputy Chief Minister and the sacking of Dave Tollner from cabinet earlier this week. Ms Lambley will also assume responsibility for alcohol policy and rehabilitation, as well as Business and Employment and Training. ...Read more

Black marketeers set high floor price

Mar 04, 2013 | 3 Comments

Black marketeers set high floor price

An investigation by The Australian has found that at least eight private residences in Alice Springs are trading in black market alcohol. Northern correspondent Amos Aikman reports that drinkers are buying bourbon at $100 a bottle from a house in Hoppy’s Camp, and cartons of VB for $100 and full-size white wine bottles for $70. The strength of the black market was cited last week by Northern Territory Indigenous Advancement Minister Alison Anderson as evidence that the former NT Government’s...Read more

Macklin on grog plans

Feb 26, 2013 | Discuss

Macklin on grog plans

Indigenous people in the NT are being offered the opportunity to manage alcohol use in their communities, but Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin will have the final say on whether their plans are adopted. Ms Macklin is in the Northern Territory today and tomorrow to outline guidelines for alcohol management plans, which were facilitated under the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures Legislation. The guidelines stipulate that plans must be developed, where possible, with represe...Read more