As Noel Pearson advocates an inter-Aboriginal dialogue on why money …

Comment on LETTER: Mills should chill on grog in bush communities by Russell Guy.

As Noel Pearson advocates an inter-Aboriginal dialogue on why money for grog should be a cultural obligation, the humbug and coercion continues from Aboriginal men who demand by force if ncessary the wherewithal to feed their addiction. It hardly needs be said that domestic violence occurs in non-Indigenous homes over alcohol abuse.
Despite some Indigenous leaders sniping at each other, a posse of informed political and health worker opinion are saying that this is not the time to be relaxing Alcohol Management Plans (AMP’s) in communities, much less introducing more Wet Canteens when women and children are just gaining some respite from decades of alcohol-fueled violence.
The Aboriginal dialogue should be encouraged before AMP’s are tampered with, allowing a decision to come out of the communities and this will take at least twelve months.
Perhaps, more Aboriginal voices speaking out on alcohol abuse might help Alcohol Industry supporting whitefellers unable to see that the carnage is not race-based.

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