Hal Duel is right about the responsibility of the police, …

Comment on Briscoe inquest: Alcohol’s ‘flotsam and jetsam’ forever a burden on police? by Ian Sharp.

Hal Duel is right about the responsibility of the police, if they take someone into custody they have a clear duty of care. Especially as the man could not exercise personal responsibility, given his condition. As for the family, that’s a tough issue, a family, even with the best will in the world, may not be able to keep an adult on the rails and safe.
Hal’s suggestion of a grog free day is a step in the right direction, but I think a far better solution would be to set an appropriate floor price on alcohol here in Central Australia. That is more likely to achieve a reduction in consumption.
The NT Police Association is clearly jack of the current situation and the position it puts their members in … and rightly so. And in the Australian this week we had Pastor Basil drawing our attention to the huge bottle shops sales here in the Alice. We apparently have two of the three biggest outlets in Australia! No wonder it is carnage.
The Police Association say we have inadequate liquor restrictions. That is because of Govt failure to stand up to the liquor industry. Gutless Government? NT Labor might actually win an Alice Springs seat in the NT Parliament if they did something constructive.
I will ignore “Fred”, and others of his ilk, until he has the courage of his opinions to put his name to them.

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