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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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VII. RECOMMENDATIONS I. The Liquor Commission Because Pitjantjatjara Council and its member communities have had such difficulty in their dealings with the N.T. Racing, Gaming and Liquor Commission, the recommendations of this submission necessarily focus on changes to that body and to the Liquor Act. 1. The Liquor Commission should be separated from the Racing, Gaming and Liquor Commission and should have its own chairman. 2. The Liquor Commission should be invested with responsibility for limiting the amount of social harm from alcohol sales, as well as for regulating the supply and distribution of alcohol throughout the Territory. 3. The "community member" of the Liquor Commission should be a person with expertise in community health issues, including (but not limited to) alcohol education, treatment or rehabilitation. The Liquor Act already requires that one Commissioner be an experienced legal practitioner. 4. The Liquor Commission should use its power to appoint "assessors" under the Liquor Act to appoint Aboriginal advisory committees to assist the Commission on decisions in which issues of concern to Aboriginal people arise. 5. In licensing matters affecting Aboriginal communities, the Liquor Commission should sit in a place and in a manner to facilitate expression of Aboriginal views. For example, people from Pitjantjatjara communities had to travel to Alice Springs for the Curtin Springs and Erldunda hearings, which were held in a formal hearing room resembling a courtroom. There is ample precedent from the early days of the Liquor Commission for holding at least portions of such hearings in venues less threatening to Aboriginal people and in locations that are not so difficult to reach. 66

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