It is simply not true that the police are just …

Comment on Police presence cuts turnover of pub by 40% by Bob Durnan.

It is simply not true that the police are just targeting “only one type of people” outside the Gapview Hotel. Maybe Di “no issue” Loechel should get out amongst the action a bit more often. A blonde, fair skinned woman known to me – very definitely not an alcohol abuser, and not of Aboriginal appearance – was breathalysed and licence checked, after visiting the Gapview bottle shop last week, along with a heap of other people, black and white.
Di would apparently prefer that the police do their alcohol-related work outside anybody else’s property, just so long as it is not outside the premises of the joint where it was purchased.
What a hide!
We should all call Di’s bluff.
First she claimed that the BDR and ID scanning were sending her broke.
Now it’s Operation whatever.
She reckons that it’s “soul destroying” for her and Ray having attention drawn to the results of their trade. I reckon it’s pretty surprising how many years it’s taken her to show her sensitivity, given the daily parade of funeral processions and prison vans carrying grog ravaged bodies past her front gate, heading south to the cemetery or gaol, and the continual stream of ambulances and cop wagons heading north with their alcohol-saturated cargoes.
Could the sensitivity outbreak be feigned?
Or is it just brought on by the decreasing rate of profits in the local liquor trade?
Best of all, is Di’s “I don’t know” in response to Erwin’s enquiry about whether she thinks Alice Springs people want plenty of cops around to try to control the results of so much easy consumption of so much very cheap alcohol by so many people – both black and white – who obviously have little control over their impulses to drink alcohol at harmful rates.
She would have known about these things during the many years when she managed the Todd Tavern, which coincided with continual campaigns to have alcohol-related law enforcement improved and availability decreased (the “turn down the tap” campaigns), so she went into her current Gapview venture with her eyes wide open.
It’s nonsense for Di to pretend to be unaware of the public concern about these things and the wide public support for the police.
The Loechels sell a toxic, highly restricted substance in a regulated market under strict rules, much of it to a very sick, vulnerable and dependent clientele.
They knew this when they bought their hotel and chose their field of trade.
If they don’t like alcohol-related laws being enforced in front of their hotel, too bad.
If they can’t adjust to the way Alice Springs has to protect itself from the outcomes of the licensees’ endeavours, that is entirely their own problem.
Alice Springs people expect adequate action to prevent alcohol-related problems, enforce alcohol-related laws and provide greater protection from traffic offences, violence and other alcohol-related crime, not less.
Bob Durnan
PS One way to ensure less police action being necessary outside the Gapview’s front gate would be to bring back the Banned Drinkers Register and scanning of IDs. Would Di support that? It would produce better results, and take up far less police time!

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