Increasing Police Powers to Crack Down on Alcohol-Related Crime

The Territory Labor Government continues to crack down on alcohol-related crime and antisocial behaviour by increasing powers for Police.

Amendments to the NT Liquor Act introduced in Parliament this week seek to:

Provide powers to specialised police officers to undertake covert operations to capture anyone purchasing alcohol on behalf of someone on the BDR. For example, attempting to use a Taxi, ride share or similar service to knowingly circumvent the BDR.

Allows Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors (PALI) to stop a vehicle and give reasonable directions to the driver or passenger to assist them exercise Point Of Sale Intervention (POSI) powers. Previously, PALIs were only able to interact with patrons within the store itself.

Amends s33 of Liquor Act to allow the Independent Liquor Commission to hold public hearing as part of the process of varying conditions of a licence.

The amendments form part of the Territory Labor Governments comprehensive suite of measures to target alcohol related crime and antisocial behaviour. These include giving the Commissioner of Police the power to place a 48hr suspension on licensed venues deemed to be irresponsibly selling alcohol and increasing penalties for secondary supply.

Comments Attributable to Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Natasha Fyles:

The Territory Government is tackling crime and antisocial behaviour by increasing Police powers to address secondary supply.

These additional powers will give police more power and flexibility when dealing with anyone trying to illegally obtain alcohol for themselves or on behalf of another party.

These are additional measures, in a whole suite of reforms, that this Government is implementing to tackle alcohol fuelled antisocial behaviour and crime.

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