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The Northern Territory news Wed 1 Feb 2017



The Northern Territory news Wed 1 Feb 2017

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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1 2017 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA The National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA), a coalition of more than 40 health and community organisations committed to reducing alcohol-related harm, assessed the policy response of Australian jurisdictions in its 2016 Fizzer Award. The NT was awarded the Fizzer Award by coming last out of all states and territories for alcohol policies in 2016 NAAA co-Chair Dr John Crozier said the alcohol policy scorecard showcased the juris dictions performing best and worst at keeping Australians safe from preventable harm. The trauma surgeon, who witnesses first-hand the damage alcohol can cause, said the Territory Government should be doing a lot more to protect people from alcohol-related harm. People in the Northern Territory drink about 30 per cent more alcohol than the Australian average, and this causes a lot of premature illness and death, he said. The Northern Territory won the 2016 Fizzer Award for its inaction to prevent harm from alcohol in 2016 entirely as result of the policies of the previous government. Thankfully, there are positive signs the new government will make ... improvements. Territory wins Fizzer Award for ineffective alcohol policies THE Territory is the worst in the country when it comes to effective alcohol policy, according to a national alcohol policy scorecard released today. JILL POULSEN Jacob and Ella Zio are voting for lolly teeth in the Allens lolly Australia wide vote to find Australias favourite lolly. Picture: HELEN ORR AHA say reviews a waste THE NT Government should focus on drugs if it wants to tackle the issue of harm minimisation, Australian Hotels Association (NT Branch) president Mick Burns says. He also says the Territory Government should put the names of known troublemakers on a lockout register and ban them from the CBD. Mr Burns said a review into liquor licensing and late night trading hours, as mooted by Attorney-General Natasha Fyles, was not warranted. Ms Fyles said last week lockout laws for Darwin pubs and clubs remained a possibility. However she said she had not discussed the laws with the AHA. A discussion paper for community consultation would be released in the coming weeks, she said. If the Government wants to get to the root of harm minimisation, they should have the balls to focus on drugs on our streets and the troublemakers, Mr Burns said. Most of the violence on our streets and clubs is consistent with drugs, which are available anywhere, not just pubs and clubs. When you have a 17-yearold who belts the daylights out of a bus driver at Casuarina it is a community problem, but when that person turns 18 and belts someone in Mitchell St it's a drinking problem. We are happy to work with the Territory Government on any initiative that targets the troublemakers. Government should tackle the people who create the problems. Put home curfews and lockouts on them. People like to go out and enjoy a good, safe night out. Why should they be penalised and why should the Government threaten the viability of businesses with unnecessary restrictions. Mr Burns said the AHAs members had proven themselves to be good corporate citizens, pointing to the Darwin CBD Liquor Accord. The Darwin CBD liquor accord was established in partnership with licensees, police and Gambling and Licensing Services, Mr Burns said. Through self regulation we have agreed to strict drink promotion restrictions and other proactive and responsible initiatives. Thousands come into the city each week. The vast majority are doing the right thing. It is only a minority of trouble makers that police and government need to target. GARY SHIPWAY TERRITORIANS have until February 3 to have the sweet power of choice in a national vote to determine which lolly remix will hit supermarket shelves. Three iconic lollies have been given a colour and flavour remix but only one will be launched. The three remixed classics up for voting are funny teeth, choc and cream or the brandnew ginger cats. Jacob Zio, 8, and his sister Ella Zio, 12, of The Narrows, are both voting for lolly teeth. They are so yum and fun to wear as pretend teeth, Jacob said. More than 20,000 Australians have already voted in the poll which is now available at nestlepromotions.com.au/ allens-pick-n-remix-vote and will run until Tuesday, February 3. Australias choice will be announced on February 8, and will be available exclusively in Woolworths from late March. 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