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Senate Inquiry in Northern Territory.



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Senator Sue Boyce Queensland

Electorate Office: Level 9, 301 Coronation Drive, Milton, Qld

Telephone: (07) 3510 3100 Facsimile: (07) 3510 3111

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24 OCTOBER 2008

Senate Inquiry in Northern Territory

The Senate Community Affairs Committee will be travelling to the Northern Territory on Monday to inquire into Petrol Sniffing and Substance Abuse in Central Australia.

Liberal Senator for Queensland, Senator Sue Boyce, a member of the Committee, will be attending hearings in Alice Springs, and visiting Yuendumu and Pupunya communities.

The inquiry will be looking at the effectiveness of combating petrol sniffing in Central Australia and adequate resourcing of youth services in the area.

“There have been reports of an increase in petrol sniffing in Central Australia, and the Senate Committee will be making a trip to see first hand how effective the measures have been in trying to combat petrol sniffing, and why the youth in the area are resorting to abuse,” Senator Boyce said.

“I understand that petrol sniffing is a response to social conditions, however it is important to break the cycle of abuse.

“We are travelling to communities in the heart of Central Australia, including Lake Nash, only 20 kilometres from the Queensland border.

“In Yuendumu, we will be there for the opening of the local community swimming pool which will allow the youth in the area to participate in sporting and social activities.”

The Senate Community Affairs Committee will be in the Northern Territory next week.

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