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Thursday, 26 November 1959

Mr BRYANT (WILLS, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for Territories whether it is a fact that the population of the Northern Territory is about 50 per cent, white and 50 per cent, aboriginal? Does the law exclude the aboriginal from drinking intoxicating liquor? Has the Government permitted the establishment of two breweries in Darwin? Will the liquor concessions legislation add to the facilities for drinking in the Territory? A lot of us agree with the Minister's condemnation of the effect of alcohol upon aborigines and upon other people. In view of the fact that almost 50 per cent, of the population of the Northern Territory needs protection will he give consideration to an almost complete prohibition on the sale of alcohol or, certainly, to some stricter control of it in the Territory?

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