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Buying the hotel: Social value or social liability for Indigenous groups?

14 Apr 2008

At the core of alcohol control policies in Australia—and indeed in any country with a system of licensing—lies a key conflict. This is the conflict between the interest of the state in reducing alcohol-related problems on the one hand, and its interest in enjoying the economic benefits produced by the alcohol beverage industry on the other. When an Indigenous corporation buys into premises licensed to sell alcohol, it is faced with a similar conflict and a moral hazard: good sales may mean more alcohol-related harms for which others largely bear the cost. This paper presents some preliminary thoughts on a new project examining the challenges for Indigenous enterprises that profit from the sale of alcohol.

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