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Federal Labor MP Marion Scrymgour has called the worsening domestic violence crisis in Central Australia a “national shame”.

The Central Australian town of Alice Springs is currently in the grips of a crime wave – which is within Ms Scrymgour’s electorate of Lingiari – and has seen a sharp rise in alcohol-fuelled violence against women.

According to data from the Northern Territory Police, 2022 has seen domestic violence related assault in Alice Springs spike by 53 per cent and alcohol related assault by 54 per cent.

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Ms Scrymgour condemned the shocking statistics when speaking to Englishheadline Australia’s Matt Cunningham on Thursday.

“Anyone who thinks that the level of violence against Aboriginal women in Central Australia is okay … I just think it’s appalling,” she said.

She said violence against Indigenous women was “a national shame”.

“We shouldn’t be looking at women subjected to the levels of violence that we’ve seen here in Alice Springs,” she said.

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Ms Scrymgour, along with other Indigenous politicians across the aisle, has been outspoken about her concerns around alcohol-fuelled violence toward Aboriginal women.

She highlighted her concerns around the lapsing of the Stronger Futures legislation – the laws controlling liquor in Central Australia – in her maiden speech to Parliament last year.

“When a government puts a protective regime of that kind in place and leaves it in place for that long, you can’t just suddenly pull the pin on it without any protection, sanctuary or plan for the vulnerable women and children whom the original measure was supposed to protect,” she said.

“To do that is more than negligent; at the level of impact on actual lives, it is tantamount to causing injury by omission.”

Country Liberal Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price has also been an outspoken advocate for Indigenous women, similarly using her maiden speech to rail against violence in communities.

She argued the neglect seen in Indigenous communities would not be “accepted in the prosperous suburbs of any of our capital cities”.

“It is not good enough that the streets of our Northern Territory towns — and other towns across regional Australia — have gangs of children aged from 6 to 16 wandering around with no adult supervision in the early hours of the morning,” she said.

“It is not good enough that almost all of these children have witnessed or been subject to normalised alcohol abuse, domestic, family and sexual violence throughout their young lives and is the reason for their presence on our streets.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visited the central Australian town of Alice Springs on Tuesday and announced a suite of measures aimed at easing the crime wave.

Takeaway grog will now be banned in the Alice on Monday and Tuesday, with a restricted window of sales between 3pm to 7pm on the remaining days.

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