Australian Aboriginal News & Current Affairs
The most up-to-date and relevant news stories regarding Aboriginal culture

Do you want to be the owner of this superb concert class Didj? Just answer our Questionnaire

Win a Concert Class Didj!

Visit The Didjshop - the largest and most extensive virtual didjeridu shop

Have a read of the comments left by visitors to the didjshop

Now to the story...

Arnhem Land incomes going on drugs

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 4 October 2004

A Darwin Menzies School of Health study has revealed that up to 12 per cent of Arnhem Land residents are spending about two-thirds of their income on cannabis.

Researcher Alan Clough says people on remote communities often pay much more for marijuana than elsewhere in the Territory.

He says the marijuana is grown outside the community and brought in by local dealers.

"There seems to be a more or less standard size of plastic packets into which you can stuff varying amounts of material and the standard price of that package seems to be $50," he said.

"As a dealer, you would have a lot of flexibility in charging what the market will bear."

"Probably about 70 per cent of the continuing cannabis users would spend about 30 per cent of their weekly income, and then the impact on the total community's financial resources are estimated to be somewhere between six and 10 per cent of the total monetary resources in the community.

Return to Top

Return to The Didjshop's Aboriginal News Web Log

Links to other web sites about Aboriginal Australia

Visit The Didjshop

Check out the world's coolest shop for didgeridoos

Click here to receive occasional email Newsletters from The Didjshop

The Didgeridoo Specialist - founder of