Dorelle Anderson report recommends 'urgent ' booze ban for Alice Springs

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Sweeping booze bans to return to Alice Springs as bombshell report urges major changes 'urgently'

By Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 21:46 GMT, 1 February 2023 | Updated: 22:03 GMT, 1 February 2023

Strict booze bans are set to return to the Alice Springs region amid a crime crisis - with a report commissioned by the Prime Minister recommending restrictions 'urgently' return.

The Northern Territory government has been instructed to legislate amendments to its Liquor Act to impose alcohol restrictions in Central Australia, including town camps.

Anthony Albanese appointed Dorelle Anderson to review temporary alcohol restrictions in Alice Springs following his fly-in and fly-out visit last week. 

Her report suggests the alcohol restrictions go beyond the three-months of restrictions currently in place which ban the purchase of booze on Mondays and Tuesdays and requiring an individual to only make one purchase every other day. 

Ms Anderson recommended the liquor laws remain in place until alcohol management plans are developed by communities that would allow them to opt out of the scheme, but only with their own customised plan.

Her recommended ban would remain in place until communities develop alcohol management plans under an opt-out arrangement.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Natasha Fyles and Attorney General Chaunsey Paech are expected to fly to Canberra on Thursday to sit down with Mr Albanese before issuing their response to the report.

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