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Cape York report welcomed.

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Cape York Report Welcomed

The Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Philip Ruddock, has welcomed the release of the interim Cape York Justice Strategy.

“The Fitzgerald report is a timely and constructive contribution to the debate about alcohol abuse and violence in Indigenous communities,” Mr Ruddock said.

“Many of the issues addressed in the report are of national concern and have broader application than just the Cape.

“I am pleased the Queensland Government is finally showing signs of taking its responsibilities - which include liquor licensing and law and order - seriously.

“This urgent situation requires an urgent response, and better management of the distribution and consumption of alcohol is critical.

“The report recommends that if other measures such as better management of wet canteens and combating sly-grogging do not work, prohibition would be considered as a last resort.

“I believe that prohibition would only work if it was the communities’ decision and where the State and Territory authorities support those communities with appropriate controls.

“I will be approaching Premier Beattie to discuss the implications of the report.”