I am staying in Halls Creek over the holidays, house sitting for a friend who is visiting family in Queensland.
Today I drove 368 kilometres from Halls Creek to Kununurra – and the same distance back, of course – to do a little shopping for Christmas supplies. I was after things I can’t get cheaply locally, like asparagus, ham and turkey, or can’t get at all, like Jameson Irish Whiskey, which I planned to enjoy while on my holiday. I have been living in a totally dry community for the last eight months.
The liquor ordinances in Kununurra are just a little kinder than those here in Halls Creek. Here, only low alcohol beverages are available, whereas in Kunners one can buy a very limited amount of spirit (one bottle) OR a carton of full strength beer.
The Police have the final say, it seems. When I arrived at the liquor store today I was advised that due to some naughty behaviour by drunken people last night, the Police have declared that only limited quantities of low alcohol beverages may be sold. I had to come home empty handed.
I do understand that liquor is a problem for those who cannot handle it. Believe me, I know.
I just don’t think that denying me my nightcap is going to do anything to prevent fighting in the streets.
Hey! I think the time is right for a policy revolution
Cos where I live the liquor law is compromise solution
Well, then what can a poor boy do
When there’s no liquor on hand?
‘Cause in Kununurra town there’s just no grog for a peaceful man
With apologies to Messrs. Jagger and Richards.