Senate debates

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Questions without Notice

Food Safety

2:08 pm

Photo of Bridget McKenzieBridget McKenzie (Victoria, National Party, Minister for Regional Services) Share this | Hansard source

I'm sure everyone can sympathise with the over 260 strawberry farmers across this country—a half-billion dollar industry—who, as a result of this deliberate sabotage, are really feeling the effects. I think what we can all do is head out to our local supermarket, greengrocer or farmers' market and purchase some fresh strawberries, make sure that we back our growers and ensure that these deliberate food terrorists do not have a win. Remember that we can buy punnets for breakfast. There is one thing that you do need to do: you need to cut the fruit before you chomp on it. That is a message that I hope those opposite will work with the government on to get out—and with the state Labor government, who is keen to back the growers in that state. We know there are 800,000 punnets of strawberries packaged every day in this country. The risk has been incredibly small, and we need to back our growers. (Time expired)

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