Once again the police on bottle shops has proved to …

Comment on Much less drunken violence an early Christmas present by Steve Brown.

Once again the police on bottle shops has proved to be the “Only effective measure”!
But then again, we already knew that didn’t we?
However giving way to pressure from PAAC the NT Government went right ahead introducing completely ineffective, [now proven] bureaucratic measures such as the Banned Drinkers Register and a floor price on alcohol, then allowed police to walk away from the bottle shops for most of the term of this Government!
As a direct result, once again subjecting our community to all the drunken bedlam that we had previously resolved by, putting police on the bottle shops.
And now Dr Boffa and Co would like credit for the reintroduction of police to bottle shops, and the resulting downturn in general mayhem!
Really, from where I sit, those who orchestrated that amount of cruel social experiments on our community should be getting not thanks, but their backsides kicked because clearly they should be held responsible for the past two years of mayhem!
And rather than congratulating themselves on finally returning us to what amounts to the status quo ante, the situation before they interfered, they should hang their heads in shame!
Thank you so very much.

Steve Brown Also Commented

Much less drunken violence an early Christmas present
Vicki: PAAC certainly never has backed off from arguing from an elitist patronising and paternalistic point of view for simplistic, token measures which they believe with all the smug superiority in the world will save us all from ourselves while completely ignoring input from the wider community which says otherwise.
In setting out to save the world Vicki you must first ascertain that the world wants to be saved.
And if it doesn’t why it doesn’t. When you introduce a supposedly socially beneficial measure, such as raising the floor price of alcohol in direct opposition to community feelings on the issue, it comes from an assumption, or should I say arrogant belief, that you know better than the general population.
Look at the measure from a common-sense angle: Firstly it has no effect at all on problem drinkers as they find a way, even if it takes ram raiding a pub.
But in tough times with struggling families and pensioners it certainly does affect ordinary mums and dads, the ones without an alcohol problem. It is especially cruel on pensioners and even where there is over consumption, it simply takes more money from the family budget for things other than alcohol.
The real effect of the measure, the real consequence, which certainly does relate back to alcohol abuse, is to community mental health.
It does that in two ways, firstly there is the money, of course for most people the amount is piddling but then there is the principle.
The message sent, the clobbering of those struggling along doing the right thing being penalised by ill-considered measures aimed at those who are not.
The effect Vicki is to breed anger and unhappiness on both sides of the measures, it creates division!
These superior kinds of measures directly affect the mental health of our community, exacerbating community feelings, the kind of thinking that leads to alcohol abuse, this in turns leads to retaliatory thinking and behaviour the inevitable outcome … worsening the situation!
And no, Vicki you don’t need evidence of this effect all you need is to be “human”, have some humanity, to understand it!
I have battled against PAAC for many years because its ideas and actions are always aimed at Aboriginal people, pompous patronising and racist, dividing our community and exacerbating the very things you supposedly wish to resolve.
There is no such thing as positive racism! Only racism!
I am still a very active member of the CLP, I do not however speak for it.
PAAC never lobbies us and would be wasting its time if it did.
The government withdrew police from liquor outlets because they believed your propaganda about the Banned Drinkers Register … more fool them!
While enjoying that Christmas cheer spare a little thought for those families making with just a little less this year, all thanks to PAAC.
Merry Christmas.

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