Department of the Legislative Assembly

Substance Abuse in the Community - 9th Assembly

Terms of Reference - Media Releases - Submissions - Transcripts - Reports

Substance Abuse in the Community 10th Assembly

The Legislative Assembly appointed the Select Committee on Substance Abuse in the Community - the Substance Abuse Committee - on 16 October 2001, with a charter to inquire into, and report to the Assembly on, issues with regard to the use and abuse of licit and illicit drugs and other substances, which come under the broad heading of "substance abuse".

Such drugs and substances include alcohol and tobacco; abuse of substances such as petrol, glue, paint and the like through sniffing; kava; cannabis; "hard" drugs like heroin and cocaine; misuse of pharmaceutical drugs, whether legally prescribed or obtained illicitly; and the so-called "designer" and "recreational" drugs.

The committee may, in view of the breadth of its charter, from time to time place priority on the abuse of certain substances for inquiry. Its inquiry will include wide consultation with people and organisations in the Northern Territory, including holding hearings and meetings in regional centres and selected communities.

Terms of Reference 

(1) A committee to be known as the Select Committee on substance abuse in the community be appointed comprising, unless otherwise ordered, Mr L F Kiely, Ms M R Scrymgour, Mr E McAdam, Mr G Wood, two members to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition and that the Committee shall elect a government member as Chairman.

(2) The Committee be empowered, unless otherwise ordered, to inquire into and report on the issue of substance abuse in the community, in particular:

(a) ascertain community concern about the use and abuse of licit and illicit substances;

(b) current trends in the use and abuse of licit and illicit substances in the Northern Territory and, as far as possible, taking into account regional, age, gender, other demographic characteristics and ethnic factors;

(c) the social and economic consequences of current patterns of substance abuse with special reference to the well-being of individuals and communities and to the demands placed upon government and non-government services;

(d) the services currently available within the Northern Territory by both government and non-government agencies to deal with issues directly or indirectly related to substance abuse;

(e) factors which directly affect the level and nature of substance abuse in the Northern Territory community or parts of that community, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing:

(i) the accessibility/availability of licit and illicit substances within communities;

(ii) the demographic and ethnic structure of the Northern Territory; and

(iii) the correlation between socio-economic conditions and substance abuse; and

(f) appropriate policies and services for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse in the Northern Territory.

(3) The Committee or any subcommittee be empowered to send for persons, papers and records, to sit in public or in private session notwithstanding any adjournment of the Assembly, to adjourn from place to place and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken and make such interim recommendations as it may deem fit, and to publish information pertaining to its activities from time to time.

(3) (a) The Chairman of the Committee may, from time to time, appoint another member of the Committee to be Deputy-Chairman of the Committee, and that the member so appointed act as Chairman of the Committee at any time when there is no Chairman or the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the Committee.

(3) (b) The Committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 2 or more of its members and to refer to any such subcommittee any matter which the Committee is empowered to examine and that the quorum of a subcommittee shall be 2.

(4) The Committee be empowered to publish from day to day such papers and evidence as may be ordered by it, and, unless otherwise ordered by the Committee, a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public.

(5) The Committee be empowered to consider, disclose and publish the Minutes of Proceedings, evidence taken and records of the Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community in the previous Assembly.

(7) The foregoing provisions of the resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

Media Releases

Seeking Public Input to the Substance Abuse Committee
Public Hearing 11 October 2002
Community Consultations
First Report Tabled 

Submissions

Submission No. 1 - Mr Ralph Folds
Submission No. 2 -  Mr Mike Popple
Submission No. 3 - Green Gate Inc.
Submission No. 4 - Nguiu Community Management Board
Submission No. 5 - Yapakurlangu Regional Council
Submission No. 6 - Indigenous Family Violence Reference Group
Submission No. 7 - Northern Territory Police Service
Submission No. 8 - Northern Territory Licensing Commission and the Racing, Gaming and Licensing Division
Submission No. 9 - Department of Community Development, Sport and Cultural Affairs
Submission No. 10 - Amity Community Services
Submission No. 11 - Department of Health and Community Services  
Submission No. 11 - Attachment 1
Submission No. 12 - Department of Health and Community Services - Alcohol and Other Drugs Program 
Submission No. 13 - Alice Springs Town Council
Submission No. 15 - Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging
Submission No. 15 - Attachment 1
Submission No. 15 - Attachment 2 
Submission No. 15 - Attachment 3
Submission No. 15 - Attachment 4
Submission No. 16 - Mr Herbert Compton
Submission No. 17 - Mr William Lewis Pointon
Submission No. 18 - Dr Peter d'Abbs and Ms Sarah MacLean
Submission No. 19 - Department of Health and Community Services - Alcohol and Other Drugs Program 
Submission No. 20 - Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging
Submission No. 21 - Alcohol Awareness and Family Recovery
Submission No. 22 - Aboriginal and Islander Alcohol Awareness and Family Recovery
Submission No. 24 - Department of Health and Community Services
Submission No. 25 - Department of Health and Community Services
Submission No. 27 - Substance Misuse Action Group - Dr Ian Crundall
Submission No. 28 - Substance Misuse Action Group - Dr Ian Crundall and Mr Brycen Brooke
Submission No. 29 - Substance Misuse Action Group 
Submission No. 30 - Substance Misuse Action Group
Submission No. 31 - Drug and Alcohol Services Association
Submission No. 32 - Drug and Alcohol Services Association
Submission No. 33 - Drug and Alcohol Services Association
Submission No. 33 - Part 3
Submission No. 33 - Part 4
Submission No. 35 - Mt Theo - Yuendumu Substance Misuse Program
Submission No. 36 - Mt Theo - Jaru Pirrjirdi Project
Submission No. 37 - Mt Theo - Substance Misuse Aboriginal Corporation
Submission No. 38 - Crime Prevention NT
Submission No. 39 - Crime Prevention NT 
Submission No. 40 - Department of Community Development, Sport and Cultural Affairs
Submission No. 41 - NT Treasury
Submission No. 42 - Department of Health and Community Services 
Submission No. 43 - Ms Cathy Stewart
Submission No. 44 - Nauiyu Nambiyu Community Government Council 
Submission No. 45 - Department of Community Development, Sport and Cultural Affairs
Submission No. 46 - Kurdurju Committee
Submission No. 47 - Western Aranda Families Against Violence
Submission No. 48 - Ms Helen Daley
Submission No. 49 - Ms Helen Daley
Submission No. 50 - Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
Submission No. 51 - Mr John Greatorex
Submission No. 54 - Alice in Ten, Quality of Life Project
Submission No. 55 - Darwin City Council
Submission No. 57 - Larrakia Nation
Submission No. 58 - Maningrida Police
Submission No. 59 - Gunbang Action Group
Submission No. 60 - Gunbang Action Group
Submission No. 61 - Gunbang Action Group
Submission No. 62 - Gunbang Action Group
Submission No. 63 - Rev Dean Whittaker 
Submission No. 64 - Uniting Church 
Submission No. 65 - Mr Jimmy Wok Wok
Submission No. 66 - Ms Vicki Wood
Submission No. 67 - Mr George Djandjomerr
Submission No. 68 - Katherine Town Council 
Submission No. 69 - Katherine Town Council
Submission No. 70 - Jawyon Association
Submission No. 71 - Jabiru Police
Submission No. 72 - Department of Community Development, Sport and Cultural Affairs
Submission No. 73 - ATSIC
Submission No. 74 - Department of Community Development, Sport and Cultural Affairs
Submission No. 75 - Mr Sean Arnold 

Transcripts

Public Hearing Darwin - 21 May 2002
Public Forum Lajamanu - 1 August 2002
Public Hearing - Hon. Bob Collins - 16 August 2002
Public Hearing - Dr Robert Parker - 24 September 2002
Public Hearing Darwin - 24 September 2002
Public Forum Milikapiti - 2 October 2002
Public Forum Pirlangimpi - 2 October 2002
Public Forum Nguiu Women's Group - 3 October 2002
Public Forum Nguiu - 3 October 2002
Public Hearing Darwin - 11 October 2002
Public Forum Jabiru - 22 October 2002
Public Forum Katherine - 24 October 2002
Public Hearing - NT Liquor Commission - 29 November 2002
Public Hearing - Department of Community Development, Sport and Cultural Affairs - 29 November 2002

Reports

Interim Report of the Committee Inquiry to Date - Issues of Alcohol Abuse, Cannabis Use and Inhalant Abuse
Petrol Sniffing in Remote Northern Territory Communities
Transcripts Volume 1
Transcripts Volume 2

Last updated: 23 Aug 2016