Posts Tagged ‘alcohol

‘Discrimination’ divisive, but it cuts violence by up to 50 percent. Is it sustainable?

Jan 26, 2014 | Discuss

'Discrimination' divisive, but it cuts violence by up to 50 percent. Is it sustainable?

Central Australian political figure Maurie Ryan has accused police of unfairly targetting Aboriginal people buying alcohol from bottle shops around Alice Springs, a practice which appears to radically reduce levels of domestic violence in the town. In an interview with the ABC’s Lauren Fizgerald , Dr John Boffa of the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition said the practice was causing tension between police and the community and was an inappropriate long-term strategy, but conceded ̶...Read more

The river of grog flows on

Feb 07, 2013 | Discuss

The river of grog flows on

Russell Guy In 1926, the late, legendary Australian bushman, R.M. Williams was employed as a camel guide through the Great Victorian, the Great Sandy and the Gibson Deserts for evangelist Bill Wade, who went on to found the mission station at Warburton. In his account of those times, Williams, who credits much of his bush survival skills to Aboriginal informants, dreads the introduction of alcohol to those people who had not yet come into contact with whitefellers (A Song in the Desert, 1998,Ang...Read more

Turning back the grog clock

Jan 04, 2013 | 5 Comments

Turning back the grog clock

By Russell Goldflam As a criminal lawyer, I am confronted daily by the devastating effects of grog. I see broken lives, broken families and broken communities. Of course, if we got rid of alcohol our social problems wouldn’t all melt away, but I realised long ago that if we don’t fix our grog problems, everything else we try will fail. People can’t go to school or work if they’re kept up all night by drunks. There’s no point building new homes if drunks trash them. Health care is ineff...Read more

Turn IGA bottle-os into licensed clubs

May 28, 2012 | Discuss

Turn IGA bottle-os into licensed clubs

By Bob Durnan (see previous post by Bob) Update Sunday 27th: Friday evening saw even more cops out and about, with three by the Woolies liquor entrance each time I passed by. They were very relaxed, joking and chatting. It didn’t look like there were many punters from prohibited addresses attempting to smuggle contraband through that particular checkpoint. They were still outside the Eastside IGA as well. Perhaps they have worked out a way to check people’s photo ID addresses against a list...Read more

Victory for the liquid lunch

Apr 12, 2011 | Discuss

Victory for the liquid lunch

Live in Alice Springs? Then you should be feeling triumphant today. According to the Centralian Advocate: “The people of Alice Springs have won a battle in the fight against further alcohol restrictions in the town.” Reporter Erin Jones was referring to a decision by the NT Liquor Commission to reject a proposal to ban the sale of full-strength alcohol unless accompanied by a meal. As Erin reported , this was a controversial proposal, and four thousand signatures on  a petition does...Read more

Now go further, says alcohol action group

Sep 01, 2010 | Discuss

Now go further, says alcohol action group

The Alice Springs-based People’s Alcohol Action Group has backed new NT Government laws which would enable courts to ban “problem drinkers” from buying or drinking alcohol for up to a year. But PAAC called for the Government to take further steps to reduce alcohol related problems in the Territory by introducing a volumetric tax on wine. The Government’s new plan will mean that people who have been determined problem drinkers will be placed on a computerised list. When pe...Read more