Australia Fair! Senator calls for a law to combat seafood imports

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Upon reading this wee article by Phillip Hudson published in the Herald Sun on 28 March, 2013 (Senator calls for signs revealing seafood to be local or imported) and found myself smiling wryly!

“Advance Australia Fair!”

I find myself wondering if this approach really is fair…

Nationals Senator Ron Boswell has called for mandatory signs at fish and chip shops stating whether seafood is local or imported. Source: Herald Sun (28 March, 2013)

Nationals Senator Ron Boswell has called for mandatory signs at fish and chip shops stating whether seafood is local or imported. Source: Herald Sun (28 March, 2013)

“FISH-and-chip shops should be forced to display signs revealing whether cooked fish is top-quality Australian seafood or a cheap import, says veteran Nationals senator Ron Boswell.”

Australian Veteran Nationals senator Ron Boswell warned that as tens of thousands of Australians embark on the Good Friday ritual of buying a fish meal, they could unwittingly be served up catfish from Vietnam; adding that this ‘problem’ could be readily fixed by:

[…] one little word saying imported or local“.

Boswell indicated that this law would also apply to cafes and restaurant menus. He declared the plan to batter imports would be a “priority” for an Abbott government; but as yet it is not the Coalition’s formal policy.

I am however find myself thankful for at least one sage voice in the Australian wilderness, with small business spokesman Bruce Billson suggesting that such a policy might involve too much red tape. He asks:

[Couldn’t] customers just ask the fish-and-chip shop owner?

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