Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995
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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 May 1995 There are no new or increased revenue-generating measures in work health. As foreshadowed last year, revenue from fees and charges associated with occupational licences and designated plant inspections will continue to decline. This results from adopting national standards which include lifetime licences and reduced types of plant which require inspection. The revenue reduction for 1995-96 also assumes greater use of the third party inspectors. I turn now to the Liquor Commission. The 1995-96 budget for the commission is $ 1.42m, an increase of $60 000 over the previous year. The commission has been at the forefront of alcohol-related social issues which have impacted on Territorians over the past year. In conjunction with the NT Police Service and the Living With Alcohol program, the commission has addressed such issues as nightclub trading hours and related violence, under-age drinking and responsible practices for serving and promoting alcohol. This important work will continue in 1995-96. The budget increase for 1995-96 has been directed to 2 areas. Some $25 000 will go towards maintaining and supporting the commissions new computer system which will be fully operational in 1995-96. The system is complex and will require considerable maintenance to ensure it is functioning effectively. It will provide the commission, industry and other researchers in the field, including the Living With Alcohol program, with up-to-date statistics on the consumption of alcohol products throughout the Territory. When fully operational, the system will also allow the commission to process more effectively liquor returns, licence applications and seizure of liquor and vehicles. The remaining $35 000 will be used on specific projects undertaken by the commission throughout the year which require in-depth research and analysis. For instance, in July, the commission will commence extensive consultations with Aboriginal communities in South Australia, the Territory and Western Australia as part of Project Sunshine. The intention of this project is to establish a common and cooperative approach to resolving liquor-related issues in the Pitjantjatjara Homelands. The aim of the consultation will be to introduce common rules for all licensees in the 3 administrative jurisdictions. Project Sunshine is a unique project which has never before been tried in Australia. If successfully implemented, the project should bring significant benefits to Aboriginal communities within the Pitjantjatjara Homelands and hopefully will bring some sunshine into their lives. Another significant project which the commission hopes to resolve in 1995-96 is for the proposed changes to liquor availability in Tennant Creek. Honourable members will recall that a 2-day symposium called Tennant Creek Tourism and Grog was held in the town in March 1994. Following that symposium, and at the suggestion of Julalikari Council, a number of restrictions over the purchase of takeaway liquor were to be imposed on licensees regarding sales to members of the Julalikari community. Subsequently, 2 of the towns 5 licensees challenged in the Supreme Court the power of the commission to impose the suggested restrictions. I am pleased to say that the matter was decided by the court in the commissions favour last month. A Liquor Commission hearing will now proceed in Tennant Creek commencing on Monday 29 May, and I will await further developments with interest. In the time remaining to me, I would like to make some general comments about the budget in my capacity as Minister Assisting the Chief Minister on Central Australian Matters and as the member for Araluen. There are a number of significant projects in the budget that 3547
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