Prime Minister not ruling out further alcohol restrictions in Alice Springs

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As new alcohol restrictions hit Alice Springs to tackle a crime wave, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese isn’t ruling out a ban on all liquor in the city.

For the next three months, take-out sales in Alice Springs are not permitted on Mondays and Tuesdays.

They are limited to one purchase, per person, per day the rest of the week, between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

As new alcohol restrictions hit Alice Springs to tackle a crime wave, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is not ruling out a ban on all alcohol.
As new alcohol restrictions hit Alice Springs to tackle a crime wave, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is not ruling out a ban on all alcohol. (9News)

The Albanian announced the changes on Tuesday afternoon during a six-hour trip to the region.

However, in an interview with Sky News, he was asked if he could see a total ban on alcohol.

“It’s an option that we completely said was on the table,” he said.

The Prime Minister’s trip received a mixed response from the local community.

“The logical and sensible thing would be to reintroduce grog restrictions,” Michael Liddle told Alice Springs Cllr.

Baker Darren Clark, who has had 41 burglaries in the past three years, said the situation made him angry

“These officials are dancing around him and they don’t want to help these kids,” he said.

“They really don’t want to help the people of Alice Springs.”

For the next three months, take-out sales in Alice Springs are not permitted on Mondays and Tuesdays.
For the next three months, take-out sales in Alice Springs are not permitted on Mondays and Tuesdays. (9News)

Senior traditional owner Felicity Hayes said her people felt ignored.

“I didn’t know the prime minister was coming yesterday,” Hayes said.

“I’m mad at the restrictions. They don’t need to punish everyone.”

Others said the focus should be on supporting young people.

“Nothing in the ad I saw said there was funding for youth, it was all about policing,” Cherisse Buzzacott said.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Natasha Fyles said the government needed to be careful.

The Albanian announced the changes on Tuesday afternoon during a six-hour trip to the region.
The Albanian announced the changes on Tuesday afternoon during a six-hour trip to the region. (9News)

“We have to be very careful in this space not to act on race, not to undermine people based on their race,” she said.

The federal government has allocated $50 million over the next two years to fight crime in the city.

The crisis in Alice Springs deepened in July last year after a 15-year intervention policy on alcohol restrictions expired, a move that has now turned into a blame game Politics.

“The former government chose to let this expire,” Albanese told Sky.

“This crisis erupted under the Labor government and they didn’t respond enough,” said Liberal Party deputy leader Sussan Ley.

Prime Minister not ruling out further alcohol restrictions in Alice Springs

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