NT rules out Banned Drinks Register

NT rules out Banned Drinks Register

The Northern Territory government has told Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin it will not consider a decision to bring back the Banned Drinks Register.

The Country Liberal Government scrapped the register when it took office last year.

Under the scheme, anyone wanting to buy alcohol from takeaway bottle shops had to have ID scanned beforehand, and around 2000 problem drinks were denied purchasing alcohol. 

Ms Macklin visited the NT yesterday to release guidelines for alcohol management plans, saying the federal government has called on the territory to reinstate the BDR.

But Mr Chief Minister Terry Mills says the NT will not consider the proposal, saying the scheme doesn’t work.

He says the territory government is committed to dealing with the problem, but the BDR is not the way to do it.

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