According to some reports, there were 2500 individuals named on …

Comment on Booze battle NGO: Talks about our role haven’t even started yet by Hal Duell.

According to some reports, there were 2500 individuals named on the Banned Drinkers Register when it was scrapped.
This will now be replaced by a program of mandatory detention offering beds to 140 individuals.
Twenty of those beds will be in Alice Springs, and I have no doubt that I could fill them all after a normal weekend session here on Walmulla St.
Could the CLP be offering a modern remix of the loaves and fishes?

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Booze battle NGO: Talks about our role haven’t even started yet
It has been speculated in other places that the three main contributors to our major political parties today are property developers, the gaming industry and the liquor industry. If this is true, and I suspect it is at least arguably so, then it’s easy to imagine just how threatened the liquor industry was by the BRD.
Already in the NT about 2500 individuals had been banned from buying alcohol products. This number would have probably grown before stabilising. If its effectiveness had been recognised throughout Australia, and a similar program adopted in other states and the ACT, imagine for a moment how many individuals could have been banned and their custom lost.
OF COURSE the alcohol industry would have wanted this perceived threat off the books. Their business is selling alcohol, and it doesn’t matter to them if they sell alcopops to teenagers or cheap plonk to alcoholics. It’s all business, and business is booming.


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