Janet (Posted February 14, 2013 at 8:34 am): I’m always …

Comment on LETTER: Macklin’s government berates NT over liquor policies, but funded the purchase of three booze shops, says Tollner by Bob Durnan.

Janet (Posted February 14, 2013 at 8:34 am): I’m always more than happy to do more reading. Would you care to suggest any particular tome or document or article that you reckon might substantiate your wild-eyed allegations about the IGAs and LAAC?

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LETTER: Macklin’s government berates NT over liquor policies, but funded the purchase of three booze shops, says Tollner
Great to have Janet back, fighting fit, incoherent and mixed up as ever, after a summer break.
Janet (Posted February 10, 2013 at 10:53 am) seems to be under the crazy impression that our local native title holders, through their business attached to Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation (LAAC), “owns nearly all IGA stores Australia wide. And all funded it seems by Australian government funds. Our tax payer dollars.”
Janet is incorrect in two ways here.
First, the money granted to LAAC to help it buy the three local IGAs came from the Aboriginal Benefit Account (ABA), not from consolidated tax revenue. The ABA consists of funds from which Aboriginal people in the NT are entitled to apply for grants to carry out projects that benefit their communities. The money in the ABA fund is part of the mining royalties which accrue from mining activities on Aboriginal lands under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT).
Secondly, I have never heard any talk about LAAC or its companies owning IGA stores outside Alice Springs.
Although it would be wonderful if it were true that LAAC owns IGAs all over Australia, I think Janet is going to have to once again eat humble pie for getting it so badly wrong.
The LAAC-associated company has title to just three IGAs in Alice Springs, but I don’t think it owns them outright, as I understand that it has to pay off bank loans associated with their purchase.
I am quite happy to apologise to Janet if she proves me wrong, but I don’t think she will be able to do so.
Readers should also note that when Jenny Macklin approved the decision by the ABA committee members to make the grant to LAAC to purchase three IGAs in Alice Springs, her agreement was subject to several provisos.
These included a requirement that LAAC and the supermarket management abide by an agreed Alcohol Management Strategy covering the three stores.
The agreement mandated several measures be introduced in the supermarkets in accordance with the Alcohol Management Strategy, including removal of cask wine and clean skin bottles from sale, restrictions on alcohol advertising, and the voluntary restriction of hours of alcohol trading when requested by NT Police, such as when a major event like the NAB cup game or Lightning Carnival is staged in Alice Springs.
Minister Tollner is probably not aware of this, but if readers were customers at the three IGAs in December 2010, they may remember that the IGA managers introduced these changes immediately, and the IGAs became the first alcohol outlets in Alice to remove cask and cleanskin wines from sale, thus effectively introducing a de facto alcohol floor price in their shops.


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