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Living with Alcohol in the Northern Territory Executive Summary



Living with Alcohol in the Northern Territory Executive Summary

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Tabled Paper 633


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Marshall Perron


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3 * Reduce trading hours for takeaway sales to noon - 9.00pm daily, and to 10.00am to 9.00pm on Saturday and public holidays; restrict trading hours for roadside inns to 10.00am to midnight; and restrict takeaway sales from roadside inns to six 375ml containers of beer per person per day. * Prohibit purchase of alcohol on behalf of other persons by drivers of taxis and hire cars. * Make unlawful the sale to minors of equipment and materials used for the manufacture of alcohol, and the use of such equipment in Dry Areas. Liquor licensees Control on the behaviour of liquor licensees will be strengthened by: * Development of a graded system of penalties to apply to licensees who commit the offences of selling liquor to intoxicated persons or minors, permitting riotous conduct, permitting minors to remain on licensed premises and failing to remove from licensed premises people who are intoxicated, violent, quarrelsome, disorderly or incapable of controlling their own behaviour. For a first offence a licence may be suspended for 24 hours; for a second offence suspended for seven days; and for a third offence suspended for 28 days or cancelled. * Providing power for the closure of licensed premises until commencement of the next trading period where there is a reasonable belief that a serious threat to life or safety exists. * Providing primary responsibility for enforcement of the Liquor Act (with respect to the serving of alcohol) to the police, and ensuring increased policing of licensed premises. * Requiring compliance with the Advertising Code of Ethics as approved by the Minister from time to time. * Issuing policy direction to the Liquor Commission covering adjustment of trading hours for licences; arrangements between licensees and Aboriginal communities; training and instruction for staff of licensees; availability of credit for purchases of alcohol; and promotion of Pub Card in conjunction with all industry organisations. Individuals While drunkenness itself is not an offence in the Northern Territory, society is entitled to be protected from its possible consequences. Some individuals may also need to be protected from their own actions. The Northern Territory Government will therefore: