Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.
QUEENSLAND: A High Court challenge against Queensland’s indigenous alcohol management plans won’t stop the Newman government from reviewing the legislation.
The High Court will decide next month whether to grant a challenge over the legitimacy of alcohol restrictions placed on Aboriginal communities.
Allegations of sly grogging against Palm Island Mayor Alf Lacey have been adjourned until December, pending the result of the challenge to the legislation under which he was charged.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Minister Glen Elmes says the review into the legislation will go ahead despite the court challenge.
“We are going down our own way to achieve what we promised to do before the election,” Mr Elmes said.
During the March election, Premier Campbell Newman said he believed the alcohol management plans were not working in reducing alcohol related violence and promised to review them.
Nineteen Queensland Indigenous communities have been declared as alcohol restricted areas since the Beattie government introduced the legislation in 2002.
Mr Lacey’s case involves allegations he was a passenger in a tinny loaded with sly grog that was stopped by police at Forrest Beach, north of Townsville, in January.
Police claim they seized a large amount of alcohol which breached the island’s strict limits under the Liquor Act.
Lacey faces one charge of attempting to take liquor into a restricted area.
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