Alcohol policy could be placed in the hands of remote communities

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The recently elected Country Liberal Party could call upon remote communities to set new measures for alcohol restrictions in the Northern Territory. This would empower indigenous communities by avoiding external intervention, which many see as patronising. But another plan to introduce compulsory rehabilitation centres, or “prison farms”, for chronic alcoholics has drawn criticism for this very reason. There are those who say that forcing people into treatment, while scrapping measures which are proving effective, is not the solution.

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