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Nats find sugar tax unappetising

Speculation of a sugar tax has left a sour taste in the mouths of our Leader Barnaby Joyce and Assistant Minister for Rural Health David Gillespie, who have refused to support the idea.

Our Nats have no appetite for the Grattan Institute’s latest report, which recommends a sugar tax to reduce the nation’s obesity rates and to combat health issues associated with sugar consumption.

The introduction of the arbitrary tax would almost certainly lead to an inflation of costs in sugar production and food production – an unpalatable thought for sugar producers and factories on the NSW North Coast and in Queensland, who would be hardest hit.

Barnaby warned it would be a slippery slope if the Federal Government begun discriminating against farmers based on their produce and suggested people began exercising to prevent related health problems: 

“The National Party will not be supporting a sugar tax. I want to make sure we give everybody in the agricultural industry to produce their product, whether it’s beef, sheep, wool, grain, chickpeas or beans, and to do so without the Government taxing some and not others." 

“If you want to stop being overweight stop eating so much and do a bit of exercise,” said Barnaby.

David seconded the Deputy Prime Minister’s message noting that after 33 years of practising medicine he passed along the same advice to his patients. “It’s pretty simple. You are what you eat and it’s also a result of how often you eat,” David said.

“When I practised I always recommended the ELF diet and the DME fitness program to my patients. The ELF diet? Eat less food. And the DME program? Do more exercise.”

The Assistant Minister for Rural Health also noted that the Healthy Food Partnership – a collaboration between food industry leaders, the public health sector and Federal Government – has been championing changes in food formulation, portion control, food processes and within the fast food industry and has injected over $100 million into sporting school funds to get our future generations moving.

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