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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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15 Governments can facilitate the rules, can interfere where there is a public health risk, or social disaster, but ultimately the communities and the individual will be responsible for the success or otherwise of such programs. Given the action of the Commonwealth Government, it is therefore opportune to see how that will work and to take the extra time to talk again with communities. I intend to do so. Finally, Madame Speaker, I would offer an apology to those who welcomed and drew hope from my public announcement that we intended to ban kava. Let me say two things to them: The Commonwealth has made kava a prohibited drug which in essence bans it. Let us see if that works. And secondly, I will have to be convinced that a total ban is not the right way to go. My position is that if the Commonwealth action does not work, I will vigorously pursue ways of making it the case in the Northern Territory. The Government will be closely watching the effects of the Commonwealth prohibitions on kava; I will be doing whatever I can to ensure they have a chance to be successful; and this parliament can expect to be asked next year to pass kava legislation.

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