Australia Bans Alcohol, Porn in Aboriginal Areas

Beefed-up measures target rampant sex abuse of children
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2007 9:59 AM CDT
Australia Bans Alcohol, Porn in Aboriginal Areas
Australian aborigines perform during opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, in this Sept. 15, 2000 file photo. Australia's government plans to ban alcohol and pornography on Aboriginal land in the country's Northern Territory to curb a national emergency in Aboriginal child...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Australia will ban alcohol and pornography in some Aboriginal areas in an attempt to tackle widespread child sex abuse. A report last week blamed booze and poverty for the high levels of abuse in Aboriginal communities throughout the Northern Territory. "Exceptional measures are required to deal with an exceptionally tragic situation," says PM John Howard.

The federal government will take direct control over the administration of Aboriginal communities, which have essentially governed themselves for the last decade, the BBC reports. The measures, which include new rules for government welfare payments, angered Aboriginal leaders. "It's another knee-jerk reaction from our government to a very serious issue," says an Aboriginal minister. (Read more Australia stories.)

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