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No kava for the multicultural festival

By johnboy 8 February 2012 46

The ABC has been worded up that kava has been banned from this year’s Multicultural Festival after the Thereapeutic Goods Administration rejected an application for an exemption.

Because too much multiculturalism would be a terrible thing at a multicultural festival.

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Scribble 10:58 pm 09 Feb 12

“I predict scenes of chaos, rampant crime and human misery. Possibly even complete societal collapse.”

No, according to the RA brains trust that’s down to allowing women segregated swimming sessions at a public pool.

Jethro 9:10 pm 09 Feb 12

Disposable said :

I saw on Win news tonight that there was a last minute exemption granted for Kava to be available at the Multicultural festival after all. It was a very short piece but Danielle Post said that the requirements were that the Kava was to be prepared in the traditional way.

I predict scenes of chaos, rampant crime and human misery. Possibly even complete societal collapse.

Disposable 7:08 pm 09 Feb 12

I saw on Win news tonight that there was a last minute exemption granted for Kava to be available at the Multicultural festival after all. It was a very short piece but Danielle Post said that the requirements were that the Kava was to be prepared in the traditional way.

john87_no1 2:39 pm 09 Feb 12

Did anyone read the article? They are considering banning it. Nothing on the TGA website about it being banned, only restricted.

HenryBG 1:57 pm 09 Feb 12

Jethro said :

It’s not illegal, but the importation of it is so limited that Polynesian communities are unable to access the amounts they require for cultural purposes.

Maybe the wowsers, above, could explain to our Islander friends that grinding up a bit of Kava root to make a very mildly sedative beverage is Bad, M’Kay, and they should instead grind up some coffeee beans to make a moderately powerful stimulant beverage instead, because that’s *not* Bad, M’Kay?

Jethro 6:10 pm 08 Feb 12

Thumper said :

Anyway, back to cava. I really can’t see a problem with it, especially as it’s not illegal

It’s not illegal, but the importation of it is so limited that Polynesian communities are unable to access the amounts they require for cultural purposes.

As I said in an earlier post, the effects of this on their communities is actually quite negative. Since limitations on the importation of Kava have come into effect, the rate of alcohol abuse in Polynesian communities has increased substantially. This has brought with it a whole range of problems that didn’t exist before.

Also, as these communities find it more difficult to partake in their cultural practices, community elders have lost a good avenue through which they can connect with the younger generations. There is some evidence that this has also had some negative impacts in the Polynesian community.

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