The February 2018 count for takeaway alcohol point of sale …

Comment on Part of the town speaks, but will pollies listen? by Paul Parker.

The February 2018 count for takeaway alcohol point of sale checks was 58,058 of which 195 resulted in No Sale.
The NT had 399,945 BDR scans at takeaway outlets in February with 684 (0.2%) refusals due to the person being on the BDR.
To catch that 0.2%, IMHO, is a waste of police resources.
The call by Donna Ah Chee and Dr John Boffa from Congress for POSIs to stay is faulty.
Licensees must do their own checking. If they serve a banned person, or an intoxicated person, they risk the loss of their license.
Congress or NT Health can clarify whether intoxicated persons, or their victims, arrive in the hospital emergency department from a business serving alcohol or elsewhere.
It is likely most of them came from elsewhere.
If they regularly arrived from a particular licensed premises it’s license should be canceled.
If they regularly arrive from a particular address then the premises needs become a banned location for alcohol consumption.
The NT legislation enables those concerned about anti-social drinking in various locations, including private places like homes, where regular alcohol related incidents occur, they can apply for consumption of alcohol to be banned at such locations.
Ban consumption of alcohol short term at locations where alcohol induced violence occurs. Longer term bans should best determined by a court.

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