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dateline: 06 September 2017

Banned Drinker Register Commences in Australia’s Northern Territory

Listen to the news in English with Tara Benwell

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • commence: to begin
  • ban: to disallow
  • resident: a person who lives in an area
  • valid: real, legal
  • confirm: to make sure something is true
  • domestic: at home
  • abuse: violence

Banned Drinker Register Commences in Australia’s Northern Territory

A new ban went into in Australia’s Northern Territory on 1, preventing residents with drinking problems from buying alcohol. To purchase alcohol at a store in the Territory, one must now present a valid photo ID. The ID will be scanned to confirm that the is not on the Banned Drinker Register. The Banned Drinker Register started with 1,000 names but is expected to grow rapidly. The register includes people who charged with drinking and driving or with domestic abuse related to alcoholism. Doctors, nurses, and child protection workers can also identify people who should be on the list.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where are people affected by this ban?
  2. What do people now have to do to purchase alcohol in NT?
  3. Who will be placed on this list?

Discussion Questions: Why might workers at liquor stores in Australia’s Northern Territory be against this ban?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

4 Comments on Banned Drinker Register Commences in Australia’s Northern Territory

  1. Lustati says:

    Hello I’m beginner in English and i need to boost my English ASAP because, I’m going to take IELTS. Would you please recommend me how to boost vocabulary, spoken and grammar thanks. I do appreciate it so much

  2. Alberto says:

    It is possible that shop assistants will spend too much time checking the customers’ ID cards and this will result in more time waiting for the rest.

  3. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this week’s audio news report.

    Second, I don’t know why, but I feel your voice is very nicer than other news reports that I had heard before.
    Thus your voice has an especial rhythm in this news report that I enjoy listening to it very much.

    I guess you have used a new method in the news report. I don’t know, if I’m incorrect, please you tell me.

    Third, I know English Club has a lot of students that many of them, maybe, listen to these news reports, but I’m surprised why don’t they leave their comments here?

    I hope other students to tell us their opinions about my feeling on the especial rhythm in this news report.

    Teacher Tara,
    Thank you for your beautiful pronunciation.
    Best wishes and take care of yourself good,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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