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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Thursday 16 August 1990 that is my first reaction. Those distinctions need to be brought out. I am hopi ng that, as the committee cont i nues its deli be rat ions, those sorts of perceptions will be brought out in the committee's reports to the parliament. That brings me to what I see as the 2 broad areas for the committee to look at: firstly, legal and administrative reform and, secondly, educational and attitudinal change. Both of those are important and both must move in step. By visiting various centres, the committee is carrying out part of that educational process itself. Certainly, I am finding it educational. As a person who moved the motion that set up this committee in October 1 ast year, I feel that I have 1 earnt a great deal. I hope that I will be able to make some contribution in both those areas. As I have said to a number of people, I regard this committee as one of my highest priorities as a member of this Assembly. If, as a result of the activities, the deliberations and the decisions of this committee, a few people can stay alive a bit longer and a few people can live life a little more abundantly, the committee will have justified its existence. To sum up on that point, I believe that attitudinal change is something for which we must continue to work. There is a large number of issues. that range from bringing the point home that the World Health Organisation regards more than 4 standard glasses of beer or 4 glasses of wine as dangerous to questions relating to the determination of the most appropriate forms of advertising for educational purposes. I point out that there is a need to be even-handed in this regard. I am not interested in becoming involved in a 'let's bash the liquor industry' exercise. I think that we need to be talking about responsibility in all sorts of areas. I have a friend who runs a winery in the Rutherglen area. Indeed, the fine Rutherglen reds are dear to my palate. I recall meeting him when he first commenced that enterprise. He said that there was considerable pressure to have warnings on alcohol containers similar to those on cigarette packets and that he was gett i ng in fi rst. On the bottom of all of his bottles of wine is written, 'Enjoy wine in moderation', or something to that effect. Thus, the liquor industry is interested in this. I believe that attitudes in the industry are changing. Since I am talking about the industry, it is worth while referring to the economi cs of grog. One of my concerns is that, so far, the commi ttee has not recei ved many representat ions from the 1 i quor industry. The Li quor Li censees Associ at i on inA 1 ice Spri ngs made representations to the committee. Mr Tony Bridgeman from the RSL Club in Alice Springs and one other member of the association have made representations but, to date, they are the only people. Hopefully, in Darwin we will hear more from the organ i sat ions. In nei ther Katheri ne nor Tennant Creek di d the commi ttee receive representations from licensees. It is important that this committee get a good handle on the economic structure of the liquor industry for the i nformat i on of the Assemb ly. I suspect that at 1 east some 1 i censees are forced into a position of pushing grog much harder because they have debts to service. I think that that is important. If a licensee is tempted to transgress the Liquor Act by serving somebody who is i ntoxi cated because he is under economi c pressure to sell more booze, that is of importance to us. The traditional view would be caveat emptor, let the buyer beware. This is one area of economic relationships in which the government has a legitimate interest. I will not refer to one of the offences agai nst that provi s i on of the Li quor Act because it is before the courts at the moment. In fact, surpri sing ly few charges have been laid under the 'serving intoxicated persons' provisions, 9932

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