Ministerial Statement Kava Licensing Issues
Tabled paper 2012
Tabled Papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Timothy Baldwin
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2 Madam Speaker, the papers that I have just tabled and the draft report prepared for the previous parliaments Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol have a wealth of information on the issue of kava use and abuse in the Northern Territory. As you will recall, the previous parliament made a special reference to the committee on kava, and in pursuit of that the committee travelled widely across Arnhem Land visiting Warruwi, Minjilang, Maningrida, Ramingining, Milingimbi, Galiwinku, Gapuwiyak, Yirrkala and Gunyangara. The Honourable Member for Nhulunbuy, whilst not a member of the Sessional Committee, accompanied them in more than half the visits. As well, Madam Speaker, there were a number of submissions to the committee including several from Aboriginal organisations. The committee also held briefing sessions with local doctors and police. Dr Peter DAbbs and Dr Chris Burns from the Menzies School of Health Research were commissioned to bring all this work together and prepare this draft report and some suggested recommendations. However their final draft and recommendations were not considered by the committee before the 7th Legislative Assembly was prorogued .
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