Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 051 Pitjantjatjara Council Inc
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6. Regulations under the Liquor Act should be amended to limit takeaway sales of alcohol to seven hours per day. Ill. Programs and facilities Pitjantjatjara Council recognises the pressing need for alcohol education, treatment and rehabilitation programs and facilities, both in its member communities and in its closest regional centre, Alice Springs. There is no reason that Pitjantjatjara people in the southernmost part of the Territory (or in Central Australia) should have to travel more than 1,500 kilometres to Darwin to receive education and assistance in relation to their alcohol problems. The Council therefore recommends that: 1. The N.T. Government, and where appropriate the Federal Government, provide assistance, both technical and financial, to remote Aboriginal communities in their efforts to overcome alcohol problems on an individual and community level, through appropriate education and awareness programs and through support facilities. 2. The N.T. Government, and where appropriate the Federal Government, provide immediate support for alcohol treatment and rehabilitation programs and facilities in Alice Springs to which Aboriginal people in remote communities may be referred. These services should be developed, controlled and, where possible, staffed by Aboriginal people to ensure sensitivity to traditional Aboriginal culture and values. 3. To support these programs, the N.T. Government should earmark a substantial portion of revenues collected by the Racing, Gaming and Liquor Commission by way of liquor licence and other fees for alcohol education, treatment and rehabilitation programs and facilities, particularly for Aboriginal people. Before such action is likely to be taken, however, the N.T. Government must first recognise that alcohol abuse in the Aboriginal community - as well as the wider Australian community - is not primarily a law enforcement problem but a social one, which requires a multi-faceted and, above all, a sensitive approach. 68