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dateline: 06 September 2017

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Banned Drinker Register Commences in Australia’s Northern Territory

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