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Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT) is in support of the vast majority of changes to the Liquor Act encompassed in this Bill. AMSANT recognises this Bill is another key aspect of the evidence-based reform to alcohol policy by the NT Government that is already leading to substantial reductions in alcohol related harm. While it is still early days, it is encouraging to see a measurable reduction in harms since the introduction of these vital reforms. In particular, AMSANT notes the recorded 44% reduction in alcohol-related assaults in Alice Springs (Crime Statistics monthly reports for Sept-Dec 2018, compared to same period in 2017) and a 24% reduction in alcohol related ED presentation in all NT hospitals (Dec 2018 compared to Dec 2017). That said, AMSANT has outlined in this submission a number of recommendations that can further strengthen the legislation currently before the Committee. Some of these recommendations relate to direct changes to the content and wording of the Bill, while others are recommendations for broader structural reform that we believe would support effective implementation of the Bill.