8.1 The Terms of Reference ask the ALRC to have regard to laws that may contribute to the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples offending including, for example, laws that regulate the availability of alcohol.
8.2 Liquor licensing laws fall within state and territory jurisdiction. In this chapter, the ALRC considers proposals to address harmful alcohol use and outlines previous recommendations by other inquiries and initiatives to address alcohol-related harms.
8.3 The Terms of Reference direct this Inquiry to consider laws regulating alcohol that may contribute to the rate of offending of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. However, the ALRC recognises that other substance abuse issues may also contribute, including the use and availability of illicit and non-illicit drugs, and the use of inhalants.