Well said Bronwyn Dealdi. The cabbie is the meat in …

Comment on Alleged grog running cabbie may lose car; passenger who bought grog fined $120. by Hal Duell.

Well said Bronwyn Dealdi. The cabbie is the meat in the sandwich here, and if the reports are true, he may lose his job, his cab (and who will pay for that) and his livelihood. If he didn’t buy the grog himself and sell it on at a profit, wasn’t he just taking some customers home with their legally purchased alcohol?
And what is with this dry town camp rule anyway? Aren’t we (1) trying to integrate those areas into Alice proper and (2) trying to reduce public drinking? After all we did make Alice a “dry town”, so it’s hardly surprising that those wanting a drink seek to do so within their own homes. And if the argument is made that the camps are not home to every visitor, is it time to consider making them gated communities.
Can you imagine the howls if that happens, or if, say, the Old Eastside were declared dry, or if the bottle shop on the Northside were to close? There’s far too much displacement going on. Deny people the right to drink at home, whether that’s a remote community or a town camp, and they do it sitting on a park bench or along the railway corridor.
Which isn’t to say we don’t need to turn down the tap. We do. But alcohol is a legal product, and when people buy it, they expect to drink it, not see it poured out onto the ground.
As well as displacement, there is some serious denial going on.

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