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Aboriginal community divided over alcohol licence plan

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on April 11th, 2002.

Aboriginal community divided over alcohol licence plan Opinion is divided among Aboriginal leaders over the Queensland Government's plan to curb alcohol abuse in indigenous communities.

The Government yesterday responded to the Fitzgerald report into Aboriginal violence, revealing it will strip councils of liquor licences, crack down on sly-grogging and beef up justice.

The Aboriginal Coordinating Council, which represents 15 communities, is against the measures but some individual councils have offered qualified support.

Kowanyama Council's chief executive Bob Sands, previously a critic of the plan, says it has the potential to rid communities of alcohol-related problems.

"You see if they would have come and told us from the start what their plan was and what they were going to do, I'm pretty sure that the reactions that was coming from the council would have been totally different," he said.

"I see nothing wrong with this plan, my only question is, the Government's inability to deliver in the past, when they ran these communities, are they going to do the same again and who is going to be monitoring it?"



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