Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 14 February 2007
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DEBATES Wednesday 14 February 2007 3872 I was looking through them today and wondering where we sit with quite a few of these issues. For instance, recommendation 20: The Office of Alcohol Policy and Coordination should work with sporting and recreation clubs to promote responsible attitudes to alcohol and responsible serving and use of alcohol. Where are we with that recommendation? Recommendation 21, in which I know the member for Katherine would be interested, as I am: Government should establish and promote a fund to provide grants to support alcohol free community events. How many events does the government subsidise to be alcohol free? I am interested to know. These are all practical things that we should be looking at. Recommendation 26: The Office of Alcohol Policy and Coordination should develop proposals to provide support to families of drinkers to protect their money from drinkers requests or demands. These might include promotion of alternative financial services including Centrepay, consultation with community organisations about their ability to offer such support, and introduction of any required administrative or legislative measures. The Office should publicise the possibility of such measures being included in Local or Regional Alcohol Management Plans. Perhaps that is happening already; I do not know. Recommendation 34: The current Liquor Act should be replaced by a new Act ... I think you were talking about that. The purpose of re-writing the Liquor Act is stated there. Recommendation 35: The Licensing Commission should, in partnership with the Office of Alcohol Policy and Coordination and industry members, develop a code of practice for advertising and promotion of takeaway products This is something I have stood here time after time and asked: what are we doing? I do not believe anything has changed. The member for Araluen mentioned today: how many have we asked why companies are allowed to advertise vodka drinks in nice bottles that look like strawberry and raspberry drinks? No wonder the trend of young people drinking mixed drinks has gone up something like 50% against drinking beer. Just watching the cricket over the one-day series, I saw the amount of advertising - a huge amount! Look at the boundary line in the cricket: it is Booney and Botham; it is VB everywhere and it is on prime time television. Have we done anything about either working with the Commonwealth on those issues, or have we done something within our own area to look at ways of restricting either the hours that alcohol is advertised or the type of alcohol that is being advertised? Recommendation 46: The maximum penalty for taking liquor into a restricted area should increase as the amount of alcohol involved increases. That is an interesting recommendation. I might mention to the minister, of course, that there has been an issue about whether some cars were illegally seized due to some problems with the drafting of the act. It will be interesting if the minister knows where that issue is at the moment. There is recommendation 53: The Northern Territory Government should, in conjunction with other State and Territory governments, request the Commonwealth Government alter the taxation arrangements that apply to alcohol in Australia to: increase the cost of low-cost high-alcohol products including cask wine and fortified wine products; reduce the cost of low-alcohol beer (and if necessary increase the cost of full strength beer); and create incentives for the production and marketing of low-alcohol mixed drinks. Recommendation 54 leads on from that: If the Commonwealth does not make the Australia-wide changes to alcohol taxation that we recommend, the Northern Territory Government should explore a proposal for the Commonwealth to bring into force for a period of five years a law using the Territories power of the Australian Constitution that: reinstates the wine cask levy in the Northern Territory as it applied during 19951997; and makes specific taxation laws for the Northern Territory that have the
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