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Boundless Arrogance, says Opposition

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Gary Higgins (at left) and Lia Finocchiaro (at right) thunder about Government failures ranging from juvenile delinquency to population decline and the alcohol floor price. FULL STORY »

It’s the economy, stupid (NT style)

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1 Territory likes its chances as Michael Gunner’s ballooning deficit and hapless policies such as the alcohol floor price mirror the Adam Giles fiasco. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with the party’s vice-president, Sue Fraser Adams (pictured). FULL STORY »

Grog price gouging: Fines up to $10m

Consumer Affairs warns traders not to blame the new floor price for prices higher than $1.30 per standard drink. FULL STORY »

The stubby, the bottle and the floor price

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The latest alcohol initiative seems safe from being in conflict with the Australian Constitution’s requirement for trade between states to be “absolutely free”. However, beer sellers may gain an illegal advantage from the sharply increased cost of cheap wines from interstate under the floor price law which came into effect in the NT this month. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Govt spokesman hits out at Opposition over floor price

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… but will not answer questions about the measure’s possible violation of the Australian Constitution. Under fire: Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (at left). Meanwhile Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Natasha Fyles (at right), says Territorians who feel they are potentially being price gouged by alcohol retailers should notify consumer affairs. Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Alcohol floor price may breach Australian Constitution

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Cask wine, the favourite drop for grey nomads, who are vital to tourism in the NT, will “go completely” says industry leader. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Government backflips on alcohol floor price: Lambley

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Dale Wakefield would not have won the seat of Braitling, by 27 preference votes, if Labor had told the truth, writes Robyn Lambley MLA (pictured). FULL STORY »

Macklin opens door to grog in Aboriginal communities, brings in ‘assessors’ to check pubs in Alice

An initiative by the Federal Government could open doors to permitting alcohol in communities that are currently dry, while assessors will be checking Alice pubs to see if they are causing harm. The final form of the Alcohol Management Plans, part of the 10-year, $3.4 billion Stronger Futures in the NT package, was announced by Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin. She is pictured in Alice Springs with Rosalie Kunoth Monks at the Centre for Appropriate Technology after unveiling a $4.36m program to upgrade infrastructure in the Utopia homelands. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. UPDATED at 4.30pm on Wednesday.
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Liz, Brendan and the new town council’s balance of power

 

If the new town council’s Gang of Four – Steve Brown, Eli Melky, Dave Douglas and Geoff Booth – act as block they will need an extra vote to achieve a majority and that vote is most likely to come from Liz Martin (at left) or Brendan Heenan (above).
Both were re-elected, clearly are of a similar mindset to the Four on many issues, and also operate businesses.
In fact they are top performers in the vital yet currently seriously depressed tourism industry: Councillor (Cr) Martin runs the National Road Transport Hall of Fame. While last year saw the shutters going down for many businesses in the CBD, Cr Martin says the Hall had its best year ever. She’s just signed a $1m deal to build a display hall for Mack and Volvo trucks, rivaling the existing Kenworth complex. And Cr Heenan’s MacDonnell Range Tourist Park is like a small, very well run town that wins Brolgas year after year.
At least one council project, spending the $5m NT Government grant for rejigging the CBD, is facing delays not of council making: no-one knows where many of the underground water, electricity and sewage mains are located, so there’s no start date in sight for any digging. How could the new council break though on that front and what else can we expect from the holders of the balance of power in the 12th Town Council? ERWIN CHLANDA talked with them over the Easter weekend. FULL STORY »

Bigger steps needed to fix the grog and the violence

 

“The Intervention’s new alcohol measures are steps, but they’re just small steps, when what we urgently need are big steps,” says newly elected President of the Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory, Russell Goldflam.

The latest measures announced under the Intervention involve compulsory income management for people with alcohol-related problems and ministerial approval of local alcohol management plans under guidelines yet to be announced.

The “big steps” that Mr Goldflam and CLANT want are a floor price and volumetric tax. Measures such as these would have a chance of making inroads on the NT’s appalling levels of domestic violence, fueled by alcohol.

“Let’s have a minimum price on grog so that nothing alcoholic is cheaper than the current price of beer. And let’s have a tax based on how much actual alcohol is in the product, to wipe out the ridiculously unfair advantage cheap and nasty cask wine producers have over all their competitors.

“Do that, and we’ll see an immediate, substantial and sustained reduction in grog-fuelled violence,” says the senior Alice Springs legal aid lawyer who has represented hundreds of clients charged with assaulting their partner or other family members. FULL STORY »