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Stronger futures alcohol regulation in the NT

Indigenous Law Bulletin
Volume 8 Issue 3 (Nov/Dec 2012)

Abstract: In July, 2012, the Commonwealth Government introduced the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Act 2012 (Cth) (the 'Stronger Futures Act') ahead of the impending sunset of the Northern Territory Emergency Response ('NTER') in August, 2012. Central to the Act was the continuation of alcohol restrictions introduced under the NTER with the object of reducing alcohol related harm to Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory ('NT'). That something must be done to address alcohol related harm in the Territory is relatively uncontroversial; the problem is in finding the right 'something' that is both effective and appropriate to the needs of the Aboriginal communities involved. The Territory has been the subject of extensive alcohol regulation at the Territory level, and since the 2007 NTER, by the Commonwealth. This has resulted in a complex web of disparate alcohol laws. This article will consider the Stronger Futures alcohol laws in light of the last decade of alcohol regulation and assess its prospects for success in tackling the Territory's 'rivers of grog'.

To cite this article: Walker, Errin. Stronger futures alcohol regulation in the NT [online]. Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol. 8, No. 3, Nov/Dec 2012: 20-23. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=017387118198776;res=IELIND> ISSN: 1328-5475. [cited 31 Jul 16].

Personal Author: Walker, Errin; Source: Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol. 8, No. 3, Nov/Dec 2012: 20-23 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1328-5475 Subject: Alcohol--Law and legislation; Drinking of alcoholic beverages; Aboriginal Australians--Government relations; Race discrimination--Law and legislation; Peer Reviewed: Yes

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