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Kava now ok for the Multicultural Festival

By johnboy - 10 February 2012 25

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Radio Australia have word that the Chief Minister has now granted a three day exemption for the traditional use of kava at the Multicultural Festival:

But authorities have had a change of heart, and a trial exemption began at midnight.

The Chief Health Officer of the ACT, Dr Paul Kelly, has told Radio Australia he doesn’t believe the cultural use of kava is harmful.

“The ban was actually put in place for a very specific reason and that’s in relation to the widespread abuse of kava in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory where the use of kava is very different to the longstanding cultural use in Pacific Island countries and Pacific Island residents of Australia,” he said.

UPDATE 10/02/12 13:29: The Greens are expressing their approval of this decision:

Amanda Bresnan, ACT Greens Multicultural Affairs spokesperson said the ACT Government’s decision to permit kava at the National Multicultural Festival is a show of respect for Pacific Islander culture.

“I congratulate the Government for granting the exemption for the Multicultural Festival. Kava ceremonies are a central and meaningful part of Pacific Islander culture, and this decision recognises and respects this” said Amanda Bresnan MLA, ACT Greens Multicultural Affairs spokesperson.

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Kava now ok for the Multicultural Festival
vg 7:55 pm 10 Feb 12

jsm2090 said :

A good decision from a cultural standpoint. You won’t catch me lining up though KB1971. After trying it in Fiji, I can only compare it to taking a sip of Burley Griffin’s Central Basin non-vintage.

Probably a few Tongans who think Maccas tastes like s*** too…….and that’s as close as we have to anything traditional

milkman 7:35 pm 10 Feb 12

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Disposable said :

KB1971 said :

How does one get “in the circle”?

Be of Pacific Islander descent

“The ACT government has bowed to community pressure and will allow kava to be served to Pacific islanders at the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra tonight.”

Heh. Imagine if you had to be white skinned to buy a kransky from the German tent.

Yep, because going to the multi-cultural festival should only be about experiencing your own culture! This Kava business is crazy – surely it’s either legal or not, and isn’t dependent on the background of the consumer.

LSWCHP 7:07 pm 10 Feb 12

I can’t wait to get me some of the pre-chewed muddy water sewage tasting Kava stuff. Yessiree, none of that cold foamy german lager for me this year. Kava is the wave of the future. Just look at that stuff. It’ll soon be on tap at every pub in town!

EvanJames 4:41 pm 10 Feb 12

jsm2090 said :

A good decision from a cultural standpoint. You won’t catch me lining up though KB1971. After trying it in Fiji, I can only compare it to taking a sip of Burley Griffin’s Central Basin non-vintage.

It looks bloody disgusting, and from memory they start by chewing up the root-thing and spitting it into the muddy water. Bloody yuck.

I’ll be preferring to join a circle engaged in the cultural use of beer, myself.

jsm2090 3:07 pm 10 Feb 12

A good decision from a cultural standpoint. You won’t catch me lining up though KB1971. After trying it in Fiji, I can only compare it to taking a sip of Burley Griffin’s Central Basin non-vintage.

Cheap 2:55 pm 10 Feb 12

I think you were right the first time. Why should something be exclusive to a certain race? Imagine if prohibition was reintroduced, and subsequent multicultural festivals served alcohol to whites only

Thoroughly Smashed 2:46 pm 10 Feb 12

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Disposable said :

KB1971 said :

How does one get “in the circle”?

Be of Pacific Islander descent

“The ACT government has bowed to community pressure and will allow kava to be served to Pacific islanders at the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra tonight.”

Heh. Imagine if you had to be white skinned to buy a kransky from the German tent.

This probably sounds a lot more raving-loony than I intended… Allow me to elaborate.

As far as the kava debate, except for one sarcastic comment I made in the previous topic I’m not bothered whether kava is available or not, or who partakes. However, and assuming I’m not jumping to the wrong conclusion, its apparent exclusivity means a festival celebrating multiculturalism is absolutely the wrong place for it.

Cheap 2:34 pm 10 Feb 12

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Disposable said :

KB1971 said :

How does one get “in the circle”?

Be of Pacific Islander descent

“The ACT government has bowed to community pressure and will allow kava to be served to Pacific islanders at the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra tonight.”

Heh. Imagine if you had to be white skinned to buy a kransky from the German tent.

Or a beer

Thoroughly Smashed 2:21 pm 10 Feb 12

Disposable said :

KB1971 said :

How does one get “in the circle”?

Be of Pacific Islander descent

“The ACT government has bowed to community pressure and will allow kava to be served to Pacific islanders at the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra tonight.”

Heh. Imagine if you had to be white skinned to buy a kransky from the German tent.

p1 2:10 pm 10 Feb 12

KB1971 said :

How does one get “in the circle”?

This is also my question. And where is the the stand for the observers of traditional Nimbin culture to share their cultural traditions ’round the circle (presumably to the left hand side)? [/remove tongue from cheek]

Disposable 1:59 pm 10 Feb 12

KB1971 said :

How does one get “in the circle”?

Be of Pacific Islander descent

“The ACT government has bowed to community pressure and will allow kava to be served to Pacific islanders at the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra tonight.”

KB1971 1:19 pm 10 Feb 12

How does one get “in the circle”?

Disposable 11:51 am 10 Feb 12

The Canberra Times article from today has more info and states that Kava will not be provided to the public:

”Kava will only be passed around the circle, no kava will go out to the public in general,” Mr Tofua’ipangai said. ”That’s our agreement.”

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/govt-relaxes-ban-on-kava-at-festival/2450688.aspx

Thumper 10:34 am 10 Feb 12

Jethro said :

I would have thought that the use of Kava by remote Aboriginal communities would be far less dangerous than some of the alternatives such as alcohol or petrol.

But I guess actually trying to put systems in place that address the route causes of drug abuse in remote communities would take more effort than simply putting in non-effective bans against their use. The alcohol ban in far North Queensland made it illegal to take alcohol into remote communities, but was not supported with any real increase in alcohol support services, counseling, economic development plans, etc.

It a valid point, and something that should be seriously looked at.

Jethro 10:06 am 10 Feb 12

I would have thought that the use of Kava by remote Aboriginal communities would be far less dangerous than some of the alternatives such as alcohol or petrol.

But I guess actually trying to put systems in place that address the route causes of drug abuse in remote communities would take more effort than simply putting in non-effective bans against their use. The alcohol ban in far North Queensland made it illegal to take alcohol into remote communities, but was not supported with any real increase in alcohol support services, counseling, economic development plans, etc.

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