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    Jon Hunt

    Yes, similar conclusions have been drawn from people looking at this same problem in Aboriginal communities. At Port Augusta, instead of limiting availability they chose to create “dry areas” which does nothing to reduce consumption but does improve the aesthetics enough so that the tourists are not overly put off by people trying to kill themselves, slowly or quickly. There was I believe some talk about reducing opening hours and so on but this has been, not surprisingly, talked down by the industry who would rather make a buck at other people’s expense. I wonder whether the amount of bucks is enough to compensate for the amount of taxpayer’s money being spent on repairing the injurious effects of alcohol in hospital, or in the justice system? This is unfortunately what you are up against, an articulate assertive industry as against Aboriginal people who quite likely do not even have English as s first language.


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