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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 10


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Wednesday 17 May 1995 What it has done is acknowledge that it cannot deal with the problem of public drinking. The attitude now is that, when a constituent rings the electorate offices of members opposite and complains that people are drinking near the shops or on the oval, they will be able to say that it is no longer their problem. It is a city council problem because the government could not handle it. That is the reality of this. Members opposite could not cope with the problem. When constituents ring now about dogs barking, they will be told that is not a government responsibility but a city council responsibility. When they ring about people speeding in residential streets, they will receive the same reply. When they ring their local member about people drinking alcohol, becoming drunk and defecating and urinating in a public place, he or she will be free now to disown the problem and tell the caller to complain to the city council because the Northern Territory government is not responsible. Mr Reed: Who is funding it? Mr BAILEY: You might be funding it but, when constituents ring your office and say that there are people drinking and acting antisocially at your local shopping centre or on the adjacent oval, you will say that it is not a matter for the police, the Liquor Commission or the Northern Territory government, but that it is the responsibility of the town councils grog squad. Mr Reed: Wrong! Mr BAILEY: It will have to solve the problem because the government has not resourced the police to deal with it and there are not enough officers with the Liquor Commission for them to do that work. The government is saying that it will levy a tax on cask wine and provide that money to the municipal councils. The problem will no longer be a responsibility of the government. That is the truth of this situation. The CLP government could not handle it. It has had 20 years of dealing with it, and has been unable to sort it out. Mr Adamson: What about the rest of the alcohol strategy? This is one part of an overall package. Mr BAILEY: If the member for Casuarina would get the wax out of his ears and listen, he would realise that I have made it quite clear that we are supportive of the many positive aspects of the Living With Alcohol program. However, this is a very complex problem. Attitudes have to be changed and programs put in place, and matters like the registration of bouncers, which we suggested years ago, are part of that strategy of dealing with alcohol as a problem. In other words, there is a need to divorce those venues from the violence associated with them at present. Mr Adamson: Do you mean that you would not use this initiative at all? Mr BAILEY: We are saying that the government has copped out. It has said that it cannot handle the problem itself.. If the government had given extra resources to the police and told them they had a priority to enforce the 2 km law, it would be a different matter. If the money had been given to the Liquor Commission to enable it to employ additional officers who 3272

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