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Calls for Federal Intervention in Alice Springs Amid Youth Curfew Announcement



Amid escalating unrest in Alice Springs, Northern Territory Chief Minister Eva Lawler has announced a two-week youth curfew in the town’s CBD. The move comes after recent violent incidents, prompting the intervention to combat crime and antisocial behavior. Lawler, along with Police Commissioner Michael Murphy, declared an ’emergency situation’ and revealed plans to deploy an additional 58 police officers to address the crisis.

Lawler emphasized the need for decisive action, citing the disturbing scenes witnessed in the town. The curfew, set from 6 pm to 6 am daily, aims to address the issues at hand. Commissioner Murphy clarified that the curfew is not intended to criminalize youth activity but rather to facilitate engagement and support measures, including education and assistance from Territory Families.

The outbreak of violence in Alice Springs has been linked to recent events, sparking chaos and confrontations at various locations including the Todd Tavern and a gathering of around 150 individuals. Responding officers seized over 50 weapons amidst the incidents, illustrating the gravity of the situation.

Mayor Matt Paterson described the recent events as a ‘national embarrassment’ and called for federal intervention, expressing concerns over the town’s safety. Federal Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price echoed the calls for federal assistance, emphasizing the failures in addressing issues plaguing young Indigenous children in the region.

In response to the turmoil, the Country Liberal Party urged the NT government to pass legislation addressing criminal responsibility and bail laws. The incidents have reignited discussions on federal involvement, escalating beyond regional control.

Lawler maintained that the government has not lost control, vowing a strong police presence and potential alcohol restrictions. The situation in Alice Springs continues to evolve, with opposition leaders pressing for urgent parliamentary action to address the escalating crisis.

Rachel Adams

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