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Blood Alcohol Limit on Vessels Deferred: Alcohol Harm Minimisation Plan Update Released

Blood Alcohol Limit on Vessels Deferred: Alcohol Harm Minimisation Plan Update Released

The Territory Labor Government has decided to defer the introduction of a blood alcohol limit on Territory vessels.

A blood alcohol limit for skippers may now be considered as part of a future Maritime Safety Agenda.

The Government is also ruling out a licencing or registration regime for Territory boats.

The decision is one part of the Alcohol Harm Minimisation Plan update, released today by Attorney-General Natasha Fyles.

As part of the third and final progress report of the Alcohol Action Plan, the following major initiatives have been completed:

The Liquor Act 2019 represents one of the most significant initiatives to date, completing over 70 recommendations of the Riley Review.

Since the release of the Riley Review in October 2017, Government has implemented 168 out of 219 accepted recommendations.

Our tough alcohol measures have led to:

Territorians can view the reports as well as view data on the key indicators of alcohol harm minimisation at alcoholreform.nt.gov.au

Quotes from Attorney General Natasha Fyles:

“For too long alcohol-fuelled crime and violence has had a devastating impact on our communities, homes and businesses.

“The Territory Labor Government’s alcohol reforms are working and there has been reduction in alcohol-fuelled crime right across the Territory.

“In consultation with groups such as AFANT and the Seafood Council, we have decided to defer the introduction of a blood-alcohol limit for skippers.

“We feel it is logical to consider this change in light of a broader approach to maritime safety. 

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