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Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 051 Pitjantjatjara Council Inc



Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 051 Pitjantjatjara Council Inc

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Tabled Paper 271


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




Tabled by Eric Poole


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1) The Pitjantjatjara Freehold Lands should be declared "dry"; 2) Regulations should be passed to provide that a) Nobody may bring grog onto the lands or consume grog there. (This was to include anangu and non-Aboriginal community workers, miners and others at the Mintabie precious stones field, and personnel at and visitors to Granite Downs Station.) b) Grog brought onto the lands may be seized by the relevant community council or police warden and handed over to the police. c) Fines of up to $2,000 and/or a period of imprisonment may be imposed. A motor vehicle in which grog was brought onto the lands also may be confiscated, at the Council's discretion. 3) Roadhouses near Pitjantjatjara Council communities and the Pitjantjatjara lands should not be allowed to sell grog to anangu for consumption, on or off the premises. In the Northern Territory these establishments included Mt. Ebenezer, Curtin Springs, Kulgera, Victory Downs, and the hotels and tavern at Yulara. In South Australia, they included the Marla Hotel/Motel. Representatives of the N.T. Liguor Commission and its South Australian counterpart were urged to make clear to their superiors that anangu did not want the federal Racial Discrimination Act to interfere with their decision that licensees restrict alcohol sales to them. If it did, the consensus of the meeting was that the Act should be changed. "Dry" areas The resolution of the annual general meeting resulted in the following year, 1984, in regulations being made pursuant to the South Australian Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Act which outlawed the possession, consumption and sale of alcohol on the freehold lands and set forth a schedule of penalties. Drinking permits for non-Aboriginal professional staff on Pitjantjatjara communities were rejected on the basis that there should be one law for everyone on the Lands, and that exceptions would breed resentment and jealousy. 14

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