Deb frecklington on sugar industry act amendments, which were dropped, in opposition to ACT legislation allowing them to be introduced. pic.twitter.com/PcFxZtFq0O — Alex Laxer (@alex_laxer) April 24, 2017
Earlier this month, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said it was “extremely disappointing” to see the government drop Labor’s amendments which had supported the move to make it legal for sugar to be sold for less than 1.75 per cent of weight in the US.
He also announced that he intended to oppose Labor’s proposed repeal of the national smoking ban and the sugar tax.
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Opposition frontbencher and health spokesperson Anthony Albanese told the ABC the decision to cut the sugar tax amendments appeared to be to “protect” the industry.
“I understand it is for political reasons, because what was good in the last election was that all the Labor party members voted for the sugar industry amendments,” he said.
“We’ve got to be fair a바카라사이트nd we’ve got to remember that there has been some very difficult times for our industry, there’s been an industrial action for three weeks now. So I appreciate if they think they can protect what they’re good at.
“And what we have to do as a society, with the sugar industry is actually, it is an important part of our economy. So I’m just happy to see them drop the sugar tax.”
Labor frontbencher for the Western Australian seat of Mallee, Scott Ludlam, was more critical of the minister in an interview on Tuesday.
In response to Mr Shorten, he said “all his promises he’s made to sugar and tobacco and the sugar industry will not come to pass”.
He added: “If Labor wants to be serious about ending tobacco harm we’ve got to support industry and the right thing to do is to support it as much as possible.”
Mr Ludlam said the government could potentially save money by using cheaper food, but added the sugar industry was the “king of the sugar cane industry”.
He also said his stance against sugar taxes was based on research showing there was no clear evidence ogospelhitzf increased health costs from sugar.
Mr Ludlam said he believed the Coalition had acted badly in bringing forward the sugar industry amendments, and should have consulted with the industry rather than “taking the sides of the big sugar lobbyists”.
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