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Kowanyama leader faces alcohol charge

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 13 April 2004


A prominent Queensland Aboriginal leader has become the latest high profile victim of the Government's tough Indigenous alcohol laws.

The chairman of the Aboriginal Coordinating Council, Thomas Hudson, is facing charges of breaching the laws in his community of Kowanyama.

He and another man have been issued with notices to appear in court, after a can of beer was allegedly thrown from his car just before a police road block near Kowanyama last Thursday.

Mr Hudson is due to stand down from the council this week.

He has been a staunch critic of the Government's alcohol management plan.

Police and the CMC are investigating possible misconduct involving Indigenous Affairs Minister Liddy Clark and senior Government staff, after wine was taken into an Aboriginal community with alcohol restrictions.


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