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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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DEBATELJhur~day _16_A~ug,,--u_s_t _1_9_90 ___________________ _ daughters say about friends of thei rs, I understand that know1 edge of bi rth control methods is abysmally lacking in town camps and out bush. People do not seem to relate the cause and the effect yet. Those are some of the short-term measures. For the longer term, we need 3 or 4 transient camps in Alice Springs. Problems are caused when people come in from bush communities. They are very welcome to stay with friends and relations in the short term. It is great if friends or relatives drop in for a few days or a week, but .. Mr Perron: It is good to have distant relatives! Mr EDE: Exactly. It is good to have distant relatives. When the people come in, they all get on the booze the first night and a great time is had. The second night mi ght be all ri ght but, after that, it gets hard to take. At the moment, it is not possible for people to direct their relations to a transient camp because of the pressure the visit is putting on their lives, their relationships and their homes. Additional camps for transient people are badly needed. The CDEP whi ch is beg i nni ng inA 1 ice Spri ngs town camps is an excellent component of the search for solutions to this problem. Tangentyere had been applying for that for something like 3 years. It has finally come to fruition and at least some places are actually getting it.' Training and employment are absolutely essential and training has to be for employment for the people. Jobs form a major part of the long-term answer. They should not be simply a means of obtaining money so that people can do as they wish at the weekend. They should be jobs that people enjoy and regard as fulfilling, jobs that increase people's self-esteem. These are longer-term but fundamental approaches to a solution. As we have said time and time again, 1 social club in Alice Springs is not enough. If people from the northern part of town start drinking at a social club in the southern part' of town because there is only 1 club, prob 1 ems will ari se and cri tics wi 11 say that the soci a 1 club concept is not right. The concept is not wrong. It is having only 1 club that is wrong. There needs to be at least 1 other club, preferably in the area of Arunga Park, where 1 and is avail ab 1 e, so that 'the northern and southern groups of people can keep apart when drinking. The whole concept of those clubs, which dates back to 1979, is to have space. People need the feeling of space so that they can actually keep away from other peop 1 e wi th whom they have trouble when drinking occurs. Mr TIPILOURA (Arafura): Mr Speaker, I will be brief. I welcome the chairman's statement, which is the first part of a report which the commi ttee will present 1 ater in the year. It is good that the commi ttee is adopting a bipartisan approach to looking at this problem of alcohol abuse in major centres and smaller communities throughout the Northern Territory. The committee has visited the southern and eastern parts of the Territory and, perhaps later in the year, it will look at the northern and western parts. Solving the problem of alcohol abuse will be along-term process. It will not be solved within 1 or 2 years. It will take much longer than that. We are looking at 5 or 10 years or even longer. I believe that alcohol abuse is an individual problem, but I am sure that members of th is House can he 1 p by g i v i ng the commun i ty some ideas to which it can relate, such as television advertisements on Imparja, Channel 8 and the ABC and radio advertisements. Imparja Television is already 9946

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