> Northern Territory government facing calls to pause new post-intervention alcohol laws

Northern Territory government facing calls to pause new post-intervention alcohol laws

A Northern Territory politician is set to move a motion in parliament calling for the lifting of intervention-era alcohol restrictions to be paused, with the NT government facing immense pressure over the issue.

Alcohol bans, first introduced by the Commonwealth during the NT intervention in 2007, lifted in some remote communities after federal legislation expired earlier this month.

The end to the bans has coincided with reports from frontline services of a spike in alcohol-related incidents and health presentations, as well as a rise in liquor sales. 

Independent MLA Robyn Lambley said the end to alcohol restrictions in some remote communities was fuelling domestic incidents in Alice Springs.

“What we’re seeing in Alice Springs is the rolling out of an absolute disaster,” she said.

Robyn Lambley is wearing a long sleeved floral dress and is outside Parliament House with a serious expression.
Ms Lambley is the independent member for the Alice Springs seat of Araluen.(ABC News: Michael Franchi)

The NT government has been criticised for creating an “opt in” system for individual communities to continue alcohol bans and not consulting widely enough with the dozens of communities impacted. 

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