Kava is not commonly used in Australia. But that will change and we need to keep an eye on what happens next.
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Australia allows travellers to bring in two kilograms of kava per person, but the government is considering doubling that to four.
Australia is considering whether to double the amount of kava people can bring into the country for personal use. While many welcome the move, the rules on kava reflect a bias against its cultural use.