This is the final of four extracts from the speech given by Marion Scrymgour on 8 October 2014 at the 2014 H.C. “Nugget” Coombs Memorial Lecture at Charles Darwin University, Darwin.
Under Labor, the Commonwealth government let the Intervention run its full 5 year term, ignoring advice received from an independent review team lead by Peter Yu. My hope had been that at the end of the 5 years the Commonwealth would simply butt out and leave us alone, and I conveyed that view to Minister Macklin. It wasn’t to be. Instead we got ‘Stronger Futures’.
It is probably not fair to describe ‘Stronger Futures’ as the Intervention mark 2. Most of the 5 year measures in the NTNER were discontinued. The original stronger penalty for bringing alcohol into a restricted area was reinstated, but the whole alcohol restrictions situation was by then a mess, and so it has remained. The damage had already been done.READ MORE