The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Feb 2012
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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, February 28, 2012 9 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 8 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 9 C O L O R : C M Y K 3 4 3 5 0 2 /1 2 2 1 3 5 0 2 /1 2 NEWS Stronger Futures flop PUBLIC consultation on the Stronger Futures legislation has been a monumental failure, says Northern Territory Liberal Senator Nigel Scullion. Mr Scullion spoke out after a week of public hearings as part of a Senate Inquiry into the legislation. He said it was obvious communities had not been properly consulted on what would happen when the emergency intervention ends in August. He said the consultations didnt provide even some of the organis ations with a clear understanding of what the legislation did. Mr Scullion said: The Stronger Futures process was a monumental failure. N T C h i e f M i n i s t e r P a u l Henderson and Indigenous Development Minister Malarndirr i McCarthy, gave evidence to the Senate Inquiry on Friday. Ms McCarthy said the Government was focused on creating job and strengthening remote service delivery systems. Grog assaults dip 8 per cent Erin Jones But grog bans fail in TC ASSAULTS fuelled by grog dropped by 8.4 per cent in Alice Springs in the wake of grog reforms. The figures come from the six-month report of the NT Governments Enough is Enough alcohol reforms. The Opposition says the government is conning Territorians by saying the reforms are working. But Alcohol Policy Minister Delia Lawrie said while it was still early days, the first six months of the reforms was encouraging. She said: Almost 2200 people are now on the Banned Drinker Register and police say it is the best tool they have had to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime, reporting a significant reduction in anti-social behaviour in our public spaces. The BDR is now in place at 190 takeaway liquor licences across the Territory to enforce the drinking bans at the point of sale. But not all results were positive, with Tennant Creek recording an increase of 12.9 per cent of alcohol-related assaults. Overall statistics from July to December 2010 showed there were 3373 violent assaults in the NT and a year later there were 3384. Opposition Leader Terry Mills said: The report also shows that most problem drunks are still getting alcohol, despite the restrictions. Mr Mills referred to the 1565 people who had been issued with Banning Alcohol and Treatment notices from either police, or ordered by the courts. He said: At the end of December, 287 Territorians had breached one Banning Alcohol and Treatment Notice, 470 people breached a second Notice and 305 breached a third Notice. In Government, the Country Liberals will scrap the Banned Drinker Register and deal with anti-social and criminal behaviour by getting those with an alcohol problem into rehabilitation. Tobi Bloomfield, 7, Jackson Cole, 10, Lachlan Rothwell, 11 and Telika Carroll, 9, buy cake to help the fundraising cause Cakes feast fundraiser Cameron Boon Students at Gillen Primary School feasted on cakes, lamingtons and other yummy treats to raise money for a member of the school board. More than $500 was raised by the students on Tuesday to help Peter Strachan, who has been diagnosed with Leukemia. Mr Strachan was diagnosed about 18 months ago and is undergoing treatment in Adelaide. He expects to return in May. The staff and students of Gillen Primary School sent him their best wishes and $507.