Saturday, August 16, 2008

Somali women ask the Federal Government to ban the importation of the drug KHAT

On the evening of Friday 15th August, I attended a meeting organised by local Somalian women about a drug they say is affecting their families and young people. The drug, known as KHAT, is imported from Somalia. The importation of KHAT is illegal in the USA, Canada and NZ and many Somalian men and women in Flemington would like the Federal Government to make its importation into Australia unlawful. They also call on the State Government to make the sale and production of the drug illegal and to provide assistance for users and their families through harm minimisation policies and resources. I will investigate the availability of assistance and resources at the level of local government.

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