Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Nigel Scullion says the decision by the High Court that confirms alcohol management plans (AMPs) are a legitimate Special Measure is a victory for common sense and a victory for Indigenous citizens tackling alcohol-fuelled anti-social issues in remote communities.
“In the decision handed down today dismissing the appeal of Palm Island resident Joan Monica Maloney, it was found AMPs don’t breach racial discrimination laws because they are ‘special measures’ designed to protect vulnerable indigenous communities,” Senator Scullion said.
“Aboriginal people across the country, who made the tough decision to control alcohol, can now breathe a sigh of relief that those decisions won’t be over-turned. This is self-determination in action.
“Aboriginal people have a right to live in safe communities. They should have our full support when they make the tough decisions.
“It surprised me that The National Congress of Australia’s First People’s supported the case brought by Joan Maloney.
I am sure that Aboriginal people in remote parts of the NT, who they are also meant to represent, would have concerns about Congress backing the re-opening of the rivers of grog,” Senator Scullion said.
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