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Ministerial Statement Kava Licensing Issues

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Title

Ministerial Statement Kava Licensing Issues

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Tabled paper 2012

Collection

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

Date

2000-08-09

Description

Tabled by Timothy Baldwin

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Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

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application/pdf

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/296004

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/394254

Page content

14 There may also be ways to prohibit the sale and supply of kava under Section 54 of the NT Food Act although generally this provision is used purely in an emergency health situation such as food poisoning. Madam Speaker, the other substantial circumstance that has delayed the introduction of any banning Bill in this session of parliament is the reaction I have received from a number of communities and councils since I announced my intention. It is very clear that communities - even families - in Arnhem Land are split in their attitude to kava. Since I announced my intention, it has been put to me that I should consult again with the people. It was pointed out by some that while the Sessional Committee did consult extensively, we should do so again now that a course of action had been decided upon. Even the Honourable Member for Nhulunbuy - a vocal and vociferous advocate for the Government taking action now - was moved to publicly call for more consultations. Madam Speaker, while I believe a total ban is an appropriate response, I also believe that no regime will work without the co-operation of the local communities. It is, in the end, their problem and they will have to take responsibility.


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