The NT Government’s new alcohol reforms have reached a significant milestone with Point-of-Sale Intervention legislation passing parliament.
The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said this will build safer communities, particularly in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine.
“Territorians want safe communities and to achieve that we have to tackle the staggering rates of alcohol fuelled violence and crime in the Territory,” she said.
“The Liquor Amendment (Point of Sale Intervention) Bill 2018 empowers 75 Police Auxiliaries to conduct point of sale duties outside takeaway alcohol shops in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine.”
Recruitment of Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors is underway. The Inspectors will form part of the Territory’s first alcohol squad that will include:
Minister Fyles said passing this legislation meets an important recommendation of the recent Riley Review
The Bill will empower Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors to:
The Bill also provides new powers to the NT Police Commissioner to suspend a liquor licence for up to 48 hours if:
Recruitment for Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors is already underway.
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