What’s the plan? – I mean, really, what is it?

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* POLICE SUPPORT INDIGENOUS PERMIT STATUS QUO  http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/07/07/1972552.htm

“Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough is pushing ahead with his plan to abolish permits needed to enter remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.”

“Now the Territory’s Police Association is expressing concern, saying the permits help police officers in the bush with their efforts to keep alcohol and drugs out of communities that are supposed to be dry.”

*POLICE JOIN CRITICISM OF GROG BAN  http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/07/06/1972013.htm

“The Northern Territory Police Association says alcohol prohibition did not work for America in the 1920s and there is no reason why it would work in Australia now.”

*ABORIGINES IN DARK ON BROUGH’S PLANS, GROUP WARNS http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/07/07/1972532.htm 

“The Combined Aboriginal Organisations (CAO) of Alice Springs says most of central Australia’s Indigenous people have no idea about what federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough is really proposing to tackle child abuse.”

“He [Mr Brough] said on one hand he’s going to ban porn, ban substance abuse, ban alcohol from communities for six months and then the next couple of days he turns around and says, hang on maybe wet canteens is the way to go,”

*BROUGH DENIES BACKFLIP ON COMPULSORY CHECK UPS  http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/07/07/1972470.htm

“The plan included bans on alcohol and pornography and increased police numbers, and was originally going to include compulsory health checks for all Indigenous children under 16 years old.   But now Mr Brough says a health check will only be carried out when police have legitimate evidence that child abuse has happened.”

*CHILD ABUSE MORE RAMPANT IN THE SUBURBS  http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/07/06/1971866.htm

“Professor Peter Botsman says figures from the Commonwealth’s ‘2004/2005 Child Protection Report’ show the level of abuse in the Territory’s remote Indigenous communities is five times less than in Victoria.”

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