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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 Territorian and what ~ great thing it is to drink 12 stubbies a day and get drunk at the weekend. If we are seri ous, we have to work on that type of image. The education programs on Imparja are very dramatic. They are having an effect. Aboriginal people are taking notice of them. I noted the comments of the previous speaker who thought Imparja was doing a good job. Perhaps we need to expand on the number and nature of the advert i sements. It is worth a try. There has been a suggestion about sending people back to their communities. It is highly unlikely that we will ever get to that, but it is worth talking about. We may have to address the matter that was raised by the Leader of the Opposition - the liquor industry's liabilities. We may have to put more responsibility on the industry. We may have to reintroduce the I dog I act. For those members who are unaware of the 'dog ' act, it was an act whereby the court banned an Aboriginal from obtaining grog for a period of time, which normally was 6 months. His name was given to the local liquor retailers and put beside the till. When he came in to buy grog A member: Photographs? Mr TUXWORTH: I do not remember photographs, but I certai n ly remember the names. The shopkeeper wou 1 d check to see whether he was on the banned list and, if he was, he would not supply grog to him. Going to that extent sounds pretty fanciful. 'However, it is amazing how many elderly Aboriginals remember the days of the 'dog ' act well and would bring it back tomorrow. Mr Hatton: With fondness. Mr TUXWORTH: With fondness. In the early 1970s, from time to time, I had the duty of putting a few of these people on the 'dog ' act when I was sitting on the bench. You would be surprised how many of them came voluntarily and asked whether we could hold a special court the following week so that they could go back on the 'dog ' act. You would say: ICanlt it wait until the next week, when the court sitS?1 The person would say: 'My 6 months runs out on Monday. I do not want to have a week where I am off the act I In a small town 1 i ke Tennant' Creek, the court would be convened so that these people could be put back on the 'dog ' act. That was removed from legislation, and probably very reasonably so. I am simply making the point that some members of the Aboriginal community regard that as an option that is important to them. Perhaps we should not be so narrow-minded that we disregard it altogether if it is something that they want. The issue of community, licences, tougher rules for dry areas, new industry trading times and regulations, an increase in the price of alcohol to deter people from drinking etc are options that will come up for discussion. I raise them in terms of a proposition that I put to the committee. I raise it with the government again tonight because I think it is important. Whatever may be in the recommendations that the committee puts to the Assembly which the Assembly mayor may not adopt, it is most likely that there will be a serious impact on the economics of the liquor industry. It mi ght be that we wi 11 have fewer 1 i cences or different types 9951

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