House debates

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Statements by Members

Flavours of Tasmania

1:56 pm

Photo of Eric HutchinsonEric Hutchinson (Lyons, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

'Flavours of Tasmania was arguably the very best event that has been held in this place in the last 10 years.' These are the quotes that I heard this morning from members, from senators, from visitors and from exhibitors who attended what was really a wonderful function last night in the Great Hall to showcase the quality and diversity of products from my home state of Tasmania. Whisky—the best whisky in the world. Wine, wood products, seafood products, salmon from the clean waters of Tasmania—all celebrated there. Guests included the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister—and we now know she is a chocolate fan—and ambassadors and high commissioners from around Canberra. The best event in the history of Parliament House is what they said.

I would like to acknowledge all of those exhibitors who took the time to travel to Canberra to show off their wares. It was indeed an advertisement for my home state. The House of Anvers, James Bogue, Fine Timber Tasmania, Frank's Cider, Huset design, Heartwood Malt Whisky, Huon Aquaculture, JBS Australia, Lark Distillery, Milton Vineyard, Petuna Seafoods, Tamar Ridge, Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company, William McHenry & Sons Distillery—the list goes on and on. I thank them all. Next year it will be bigger and better than ever.