Alcohol Protection Orders in the NT?
The NT Government will shortly introduce the Alcohol Protection Orders Bill 2013. This re-criminalises alcohol in the NT and is a major step backwards. It ignores recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and we fear it will see many more Aboriginal people in jail.
The Bill gives Police the power to serve a person with an Alcohol Protection Order (APO) where a police officer believes alleged offending is alcohol-related. A breach of an APO by possessing or consuming alcohol, or going into licensed premises will be a criminal offence carrying up to 3 months jail.
NAAJA is extremely concerned that the Bill has been introduced into Parliament with no formal consultation process. NAAJA calls on Government to delay passage of the Bill to consult with legal and health experts, and for the Bill to be reconsidered in the context of the National Alcohol Action Plan (NAAP).
You can read more about our concerns here
The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) delivers high quality and culturally proficient Aboriginal legal services to the Top End of the Northern Territory.
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- Assist and inform Aboriginal people and enhance their understanding of the justice system;
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- Influence a positive change within the justice system that reflects better understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultural backgrounds, problems and challenges that impact upon Aboriginal people.
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