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Building Safer Communities: POSI Legislation Introduced to Parliament

The Territory Labor Government has introduced to Parliament key alcohol legislation to make our communities safer.

The Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said the Liquor Amendment (Point of Sale Intervention) Bill 2018 empower Police Auxiliaries to conduct point of sale duties outside takeaway alcohol shops.

“There’s too much alcohol related crime and violence in our communities and we’ve outlined sweeping reforms to address this,” she said.

“We’re following a clear, coordinated and evidence based approach to reduce alcohol related harm in the NT – in line with our review into alcohol policy and legislation (the Riley Review)."

Minister Fyles said delivering this plan for 75 Police Auxiliaries to conduct point of sale duties outside takeaway alcohol shops in Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek was a key recommendation of the Riley Review (3.6.2).

“This is first time any dedicated resources have been provided to monitor bottle shops, and will enable police officers to get back on the beat and into communities," she said.

The Bill will empower Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors to:

Minister Fyles said the Bill also provides new powers to the NT Police Commissioner – in line with Riley Review recommendation 2.7.4.

The Bill will empower the Commissioner to suspend a liquor licence for up to 48 hours if:

The legislation will be debated in Parliament in May.

Recruitment processes for Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors is already underway.

Media Contact: Laetitia Lemke 0418 973 602