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




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VI. THE LIQUOR COMMISSION AND "COMMUNITY NEEDS AND WISHES": CURTIN SPRINGS ** "We are not prepared to impose licence conditions on the licence of the Curtin Springs Roadhouse... We do not think that to put such conditions on the licence would be fair to the licensee." Kelvin Rae, Chairman of the Liquor Commission Curtin Springs Roadhouse Decision May 1989 The impact of Peter Severin's decision to resume sales of takeaway alcohol to Pitjantjatjara people in early 1988 was immediate, especially on the Mutitjulu Community at Uluru National Park, which lies within easy striking distance of the Curtin Springs Roadhouse, and Imanpa. Grog poured into the national park community, which had only the year before been declared dry by the Liquor Commission at the request of the Aboriginal residents. Disturbances, injuries and alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents quickly followed. The stories filtering into the community from Curtin Springs were that Severin was angry at an application by several people in the community for an excision on his pastoral lease. In desperation, the Mutitjulu Community advisor contacted the Central Land Council (CLC), which would have filed such an application for a living area. According to testimony before the Liquor Commission, a CLC representative called Severin in early February and the pastoralist confirmed that he was indeed angry about the excision application. ** The decision by the Liquor Commission in this case is currently the subject of Judicial Review before the N.T. Supreme Court. As a result, care has been taken not to canvass issues that may interfere with those proceedings. Many additional issues that we wish to raise have not been discussed for this reason. 46

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