NT opposition wants booze laws reviewed

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The Northern Territory opposition has called for all the region's alcohol policies to be re-evaluated amid claims the laws are turning police into a taxi service.

The opposition has pointed to figures revealed during a parliamentary estimates hearing related to police transfers over a 12-month period to March this year.

It says they showed that police took 2174 people to watch houses, 3312 to sobering up shelters, 501 to hospitals or clinics and 1803 to their homes.

"Our police have essentially turned into a taxi service, due to the Labor government's failed alcohol policies," Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro said.

"Our police are not trained to act as Uber drivers or social workers, they are trained peacekeeping officers that should be on the street dealing with serious crime."

Ms Finocchiaro said a comprehensive review of alcohol policies should include the banned drinker register and the recently scrapped rule, which prevented people from consuming alcohol in public within two kilometres of a licensed premises.

"The CLP will get police back on the beat where they can make a real difference," she said.

"We will also review the BDR, scrap the minimum floor price, bring the police portfolio under the chief minister and use whatever tools necessary to make sure alcoholics get the help they desperately need."

Her comments came after a federally imposed booze ban on many remote Aboriginal communities expired last month.

The NT government replaced the federal law with controversial opt-in alcohol restrictions despite social service groups warning it was a "recipe for disaster" to allow alcohol back into communities that had been dry for 15 years.

Earlier this week, Chief Minister Natasha Fyles said the government would continue to "do the heavy lifting" when it came to alcohol policy and reducing alcohol-related incidents.

"There's not one single solution to this. It's hard work," she said.

But she ruled out re-imposing bans on remote communities, saying the government would not put a "race-based law" back in place.

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