Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 051 Pitjantjatjara Council Inc
Tabled Paper 271
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Eric Poole
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This submission is made on behalf of Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra people residing on the Pitjantjatjara Freehold Lands in northwest South Australia, Ngaanyatjarra leasehold lands (Central Reserve) in Western Australia as well as the Northern Territory communities of Mutitjulu (Uluru-Katajuta National Park), Imanpa, Docker River, Finke and their associated outstations. It is important that the Northern Territory Government appreciates that its policies and practices in relation to alcohol affect an area far wider and a population far greater than that which lies within its own borders. The Government's polices and practices in relation to liquor licensing in the southern part of the Northern Territory, in particular, affects an Aboriginal (and non-Aboriginal) population estimated at 4,000 to 5,000, most of whom reside in South Australia and Western Australia. Although most of these traditional Aboriginal people do not drink alcohol, their lives are profoundly affected by the violence, disruption, anxiety and fear that the drinkers bring into communities with their (mostly illegal) grog. Pitjantjatjara Council wishes to thank Pamela Lyon, Geoff Langford, Carol Thornton, Maggie Brady, Rosie Lester, Maggie Kavanagh, and the Imanpa Community for their assistance in the preparation of this submission. 1