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Intervention Exodus

14 November, 2007

In a stark example of the social consequences of the NT Intervention, the bans on alcohol consumption appear to be producing migration out of the affected zone. The Herald reports today that numbers of Aborigines, including whole family groups, are moving into neighbouring states, such as South Australia, to avoid the new laws introduced during the Intervention. The long-term effects of this are unclear, but they do illustrate what happens when laws are targeted at particular populations in particular areas. Also, this kind of thing is a predictable outcome of prohibition strategies — the so-called ‘balloon’ or ‘hydra’ effect — as any student of our first year course ‘Drugs Across Cultures’ could tell you.

Drinking bans spark exodus from territory – National –

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