The inclusion of the average tourist numbers and total bush …

Comment on Some expert answers to questions by ‘the real people’ by Bob Durnan.

The inclusion of the average tourist numbers and total bush community population in this longitudinal analysis makes it a strong document.
However, it would be a mistake to become complacent about the excessive consumption/excessive harms issues on the basis of the significant improvement shown by the drop in average alcohol consumption and containment of growth in serious assaults demonstrated during this period. The reason is this: the fact is that the alcohol-consuming proportion of many remote communities’ populations is still relatively low (previous surveys indicate it may be only about half the rate of the mainstream population, as it includes many people who have never drunk alcohol as well as disproportionate numbers who have drunk but given it away). This then means that whilst the actual average consumption levels of central Australian drinkers has fallen dramatically as a result of the reforms of the last six years, its real level remains higher than any sensible person would want, and is masked by the unusually high numbers of non-drinkers.
I also suspect that the number of non-drinkers in the central Australian study area would be substantially greater than that of the Darwin-Palmerston-Litchfield ‘Control Region’, which does not include a large number of similar ‘dry’ bush communities.
The lesson: despite the fact that our reforms have greatly reduced the over-all amount of harmful drinking, there is nonetheless still quite a bit of harmful drinking about, as our average consumption level is still 30% above the national average, and our large cohort of problematic drinkers are drinking at levels very much above the national average.

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Seniors concessions praised, but questions about tiers
Fascinating to hear that seniors who were grandfathered will keep their concessions and receive $500.
Would be even more interesting to know what that means.
Exactly what did the grandfathers do to the seniors? Care to tell us, Sue Shearer?

Bottle shop cops ‘security guards, paid for by the taxpayer’
Neither Paul McCue nor James Smerk understands the role of the police at the TBLs / POSIs outside the takeaway grog outlets.
They are not there for the purpose of policing the outlets, nor for the purpose of proving security for the benefit of the outlets and their customers, although they do some of that incidentally in the course of their main duties.
The reason that police are there is to prevent the trafficking of alcohol by people who have no legitimate place to drink it, and who are intending to drink it in places where it is illegal to do so, such as Aboriginal lands where communities have asked the Liquor Commission to declare areas dry, or town camp leases which the Federal government has declared dry for the wellbeing of vulnerable residents.
These are the sole reasons that police are stationed outside the off-licence liquor outlets.

Booze report: What the government is likely to do.
In response to R Henry on Oct 20th, on who gets the extra markup money?
There is very little brand loyalty to the cheap brands of Chardonnay amongst our dedicated alcohol-drinking punters: They are after the cheapest hit of alcohol for their buck, regardless of its host liquid, not for their next taste of the rank Calabrian / Bortoli products.
Since the vast majority of shoppers generally shift their choice to better value for money when confronted with higher prices (and this happened when Clare Martin knocked the cheapest wines and sherries off the shelves in October 2006: there was a massive shift to beer), there is unlikely to be very much windfall profits via extra markup.
To the extent that there are any windfalls, they are unlikely to be anywhere near commensurate with the decrease in profits that are likely to occur because of the overall impacts of a number of the proposed reforms.
To see if I am correct, keep your ears open for the sounds of the interstate alcohol industry cartels – manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and their paid public relations reps squealing about the alleged injustice, unfairness and unworkability of these visionary evidence-based reforms.
It is going to be an interesting war, and the outcome will decide whether the NT has any future worth speaking about.

Elferink and Gooda clash over underage marriage
Peter, Posted June 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm: some young girls may resist promised marriage more strongly these days, but I doubt whether some are in a position to do so.
It has been authoritatively reported by youth workers in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek in the last few years that rape of young women is rife in these towns.

I’m not kungka, I’m arelhe
Does anybody know if the hours when the Arrernte words teaching program is held at the Apmere angkentye-kenhe are available somewhere on the net, or anywhere else?
I thought I had seen it advertised for every Wednesday night at 6pm, but this doesn’t appear to be the case?
I have gone there at this time, found it closed, and no notice or info on the door.
Anybody wanna clarify here?

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