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Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community PH3 of 1 June 1990 Papunya



Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community PH3 of 1 June 1990 Papunya

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problems from a long way back, from the mission days, you know. That is the sort of thing that grog does. We are trying to find out from you mob about those things to see how we can help. We are not here to stop the sale of alcohol. We cannot do that. We may help to try and stop part of it. If you mob want to request that Curtin Springs sells only 6 cans, we can take that on board, and we might talk to a lot of people about it. At Imanpa the other day, people said they get only 6 cans at Mt Ebenezer, but they also asked for a restriction on sales in other areas too, like Curtin Springs and Erldunda. That is the sort of idea we want to hear from you. The other thing I want to say is that grog is not only a problem with black fellows. White fellows have the same problem. They have it in Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine and everywhere else. So I think it is important that we hear from you mob. Give us your ideas, and I am sure that we will be back to talk with you again. The committee knows now that it is a community problem that we have, and we need to share what information we have so that we can (help ourselves out. Mr SANDY speaking in AboriginaT language. Ms ANDERSON speaking in Aboriginal language. Mr LIECHTLEIGHNER: . . . you will get problems with your motor car and you will go to jail ,yourself. Maybe a club will help you a little bit. You can drink every afternoon after work. (Aboriginal language) you will get killed (Aboriginal language). Mr NOLAN speaking in Aboriginal language. Ms ANDERSON: That is what happens. What happens is that, when they go into town and one* in the car gets killed, then Everybody else that was in the car gets tribal punishment. 1 Mr LIECHTLEIGHNER: That happens all the time. They get all (indecipherable). Mr NOLAN speaking in Aboriginal. Ms ANDERSON: The mother and father, who had nothing to do with it, the whole lot,-the whole family. People speaking in Aboriginal language, including Mr ROBERTS and Ms ANDERSON. Mr NOLAN: Like that ... country ... 6 months or something like that. Throw him out. He is a troublemaker. Persons speaking in Aboriginal language. ALCOHOL ABUSE COMMITTEE - Friday 1 June 1990 PAPUNYA MEETING

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