The Prime Minister says it is time to try some
bold measures to tackle domestic violence in Indigenous communities.
Howard today met Aboriginal leaders from around Australia to hear
He says it is clear there is no single solution
to the problem, but he was impressed by one community's initiative
to 'shame' violent offenders.
"I think those sort of things have got to
be tried and if they work in some communities they should be perpetuated," Mr
"If they don't they should be discarded, it
is not a one size fits all approach.
"This is my view about alcohol, if communities
want to ban alcohol good luck to them, if that is what they think
will work in their communities."
Four of the Indigenous leaders
at today's meeting will continue working with the Government on
domestic violence initiatives.
Mr Howard says he will brief the
premiers and chief ministers at their next meeting.
Australia co-chair Jackie Huggins says the gathering demonstrated
the commitment of Indigenous leaders and government to work together
to reduce violence.
"It's not in the too hard basket because when
people work together and form partnerships and through the real
spirit of reconciliation we can actually achieve things in our
own country and at the very basic level of the horrific violence
that is occurring."