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Food for thought

The State Liberals have welcomed the Weatherill Labor Government’s announcement that it will serve South Australian produce at Government events, but have questioned why it has taken the Government 12 years to do so.

“However, it appears that this is another case of double standards from the Weatherill Labor Government,” said Shadow Minister for Food and Fisheries David Ridgway.

In the lead-up to Christmas last year, Minister Gago encouraged South Australians to eat South Australian seafood, including:

“…a seafood platter gloriously piled with smoked salmon, marinated calamari and octopus, Spencer Gulf King Prawns.”

(Media release, 18/12/2012)

Minister Gago further explained the benefits of sourcing our food from within the State:

“Buying local food and beverages supports our farmers and producers, which in turns helps generate income, create jobs, build our regions and boost the economy.”

(Media release, 18/12/2012)

“Then on the 11th of February this year, Minister Gago claimed that the Weatherill Labor Government’s strategic priority of premium food and wine was one of seven key areas on which she said the State Government was focusing its efforts,” said Mr Ridgway.

“So what was the result?

“At one of the State’s premier tourism and sporting events, the Clipsal V8 Race, guests in the South Australian Government’s own suite were not served SA flathead, kingfish, tuna or snapper.

“They had their plates loaded with Queensland barramundi.

“Today’s announcement is good news for South Australian primary producers, if the Weatherill Labor Government doesn’t break its promise!”

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