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Lessons from a history of beer canteens and licensed clubs in Indigenous Australian communities

Posted on: 18 August, 2014
Issue: Vol 14 No 3, July 2014 – September 2014
Related to Policies Remote Rural Alcohol use Social issues

Brady M (2014)
Lessons from a history of beer canteens and licensed clubs in Indigenous Australian communities
Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

This discussion paper aims to provide some historical depth to the latest resurgence of interest in the idea that alcoholic drinks should be made available in licensed canteens or clubs in discrete Aboriginal communities.

The paper traces the social and policy changes that created a context within which it was thought that rationed sales of alcohol in home communities would encourage responsible drinking practices among Indigenous drinkers.

Such experiments followed closely on the repeal of Aboriginal prohibition in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland.

The paper also discusses what went wrong with these establishments and makes suggestions for the future.

Abstract adapted from Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

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