The Canberra Times has a piece on some hurt feelings in the Pacific Islander Community after their drop of choice, kava, was banned from the Multicultural Festival:
Tongan community leader Siosiua Lafitani Tofua’ipangai said it was discriminatory for authorities to permit the sale and consumption of alcohol at events such as the festival but not permit the consumption of kava.
”It’s like the Government is saying this stuff of the white community or society is okay. This stuff of the black community is no good,” Mr Tofua’ipangai said.
”That’s the message that we got from here.”
Given that kava can only be imported in personal luggage 2kg at a time someone had given up their personal stash to share with the community, so it’s a big step to throw that back in their faces.
Sensible health precaution or just racist?