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Ministerial Statement Kava Licensing Issues



Ministerial Statement Kava Licensing Issues

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Tabled paper 2012


Tabled Papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Timothy Baldwin


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Madam Speaker, the Territory has a voice in the regime that authorises the issuing of the permits to import kava. Let me assure the parliament that we will not be agreeing to any permits that will allow the trade to continue as it has for the past few years. Linder the new rules introduced by the Commonwealth in October, anyone wishing to import kava into Australia for personal use, sale or supply is required to apply to the Monitoring and Treaties Branch of the Commonwealth Department of Human Services and Health for an import permit. The applicant is required to provide evidence that they are a signatory to the Code of Kava Management and all applications are sent to the relevant State or Territory. The Code of Management Committee consists of representatives from the Northern Territory, Queensland, the Australian and New Zealand Food Authority and the Treaties and Monitoring Branch of the Therapeutics Goods Association, Department of Human Services and Health. Madam Speaker under the Federal Customs (Prohibited Import) Regulations, Customs officers can seize kava . With the gazettal of Food Standard 010, kava - whether it entered the country legally or illegally - can also be seized by Environmental Health Officers from THS if the product does not display the required health warning labels. An avenue we are exploring is whether others - such as the police - should be authorised as officers under the Food Act to allow them to seize it as well.

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