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

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Title

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

Other title

Tabled Paper 271

Collection

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

Date

1991-05-09

Description

Tabled by Eric Poole

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Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

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application/pdf

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License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2021C00044

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/293433

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/397589

Page content

The problem of potential racial discrimination was, in the Council's view, eliminated when restrictions were drafted to apply only to sales of takeaway alcohol and were geographically - rather than racially - based. Thus, no takeaway sales would be allowed to any person (anangu or "European") residing in or travelling to or through Pitjantjatjara lands or communities. The language of this provision was fully explained to and received a sympathetic response from Dame Roma Mitchell, chairperson of the Human Rights Commission, in 1984. While the Council has been successful before the South Australian licensing court in obtaining changes to licence conditions reflecting these community desires, in the Northern Territory it has had to rely on informal and formal arrangements, the existence of which has or has not been noted on the liquor licence, depending on the proclivities of the licensee and the prevailing philosophy of the Liquor Commission at the time. These arrangements are as follows: Yulara Tavern, Yulara Pitjantjatjara Council has a formal agreement with the licensee not to sell alcohol to all persons resident in or travelling through or to various Pitjantjatjara areas in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. (These include the Mutitjulu Community living areas, Imanpa, Petermann Aboriginal Land, S.A. Pitjatjatjara freehold land, and W.A. Central Reserves.) The existence of this agreement is noted on the licence. Otherwise, there are no restrictions on takeaway sales except in relation to fortified wines. Mt. Ebenezer Roadhouse The licence limits takeaway sales to six cans of beer. The licensee, a company wholly owned by Imanpa Community Inc., has an agreement with the Council on substantially the same terms as that at Yulara Tavern, except that Imanpa is not included as one of the areas. The existence of the agreement is not noted on the licence, but the Council is moving towards having this done. 16


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