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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 places like Port Keats which is a dry area. They are flying grog in from Kununurra or driving to Peppimenarti and getting alcohol there. Mr Hatton: They can fly up to Darwin. Mr TIPILOURA: They can fly into Darwin and charter a plane. saw 2 guys come in with a wallet full of money when I was at Air North on one occas i on. I knew them from the time that I was in Port Keats. They had about 30 or 40 cartons of all kinds of drink. That is a problem for communities. People can say that a community is dry. However, people will come in with grog and a person will pick them up and drive them about 3 km or 5 km out of town. How is that to be prevented? Another point is that I think the police escort them out to the bush and leave them there. They are still bringing alcohol into the community. In my electorate, Maningrida is a dry area and alcohol is brought in by barge. Peop 1 e dri ve to Jabi ru, load up with cartons of beer and return to thei r respect i ve communi ties. There is a prob 1 em there also. Some of the communities are addressing the issue. It is of great concern to many Abori gi na 1 peop 1 e throughout the Territory. The women in the Ali ce Spri ngs area held a demonstration recently. It was very encouraging to many Aboriginal people throughout the Territory actually to see that on national television. It was screened on 60 Minutes. It was very encouraging to see that. In Aboriginal society, the role of women was to look after the house and that was it. Nowadays, many Aboriginal women are standing up and voicing their own opinions. They are saying that enough is enough. That is good to see. The Tiwi women have expressed their feelings about liquor too. They outnumber us. There are more women on the island than men. If they really wanted to, they could have the place run as areal dry area. However, they felt sorry for their husbands. They said: 'We will forgive you. We will let you have the club, provided that you do the right thing and behave yourselves,'. Many womer! are concerned, and they are, express i ng their concern. I think the committee is on the right track in talking to many groups and individuals who want to express their feelings about the effects of alcohol. It will be a long-term job. When it presents a full report, I hope the committee will tell us about the concerns that people have. I wish the committee well. I wi 11 ass i st it when it comes to myel ectorate. I would like to accompany it when it visits communities to talk to people in my electorate. Mr TUXWORTH (Bark1y): Mr Speaker, I welcome the interim report by the committee. I am pleased that it has been able to call at Tennant Creek at this stage and I hope that it goes back there. I am sure that, if it can make a return visit at some stage, additional information will be available from the community as attitudes towards the committee's work begin to change. Looking back over the last 20 years in the Territory, it could be said that the 1970s was a decade when we were preoccupied with uranium. In the 1980s, we were preoccupied with land rights. I think it is fair to say that the 1990s wi 11 focus to a 1 arge extent on the problem of a 1 coho l. Perhaps it is a part of the maturation of the Territory community that it now acknowledges alcohol to be a serious problem. It is multifaceted problem and the solutions will be multifaceted. 9949

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