Employment Minister Eric Abetz has defended the Coalition’s decision to provide chocolate company Cadbury with $16 million of taxpayer’s money in the wake of its rejection of SPC Ardmona’s bid for government assistance, arguing the Cadbury funds will be good for regional tourism in Tasmania. Read more
To quote the Minister
“There is no doubt that the Cadbury tours were very popular. People of my age [he is 56 years of age] remember them and talk about them. And it’s great if they can be reinstituted and will add to the total tourism experience for Tasmania, beside, might I add, this expansion of Cadbury’s in Tasmania will see the dairy herd grow by 6,000 head of cattle. So that is a substantial boost in Tasmanian terms. And, of course, we will be exporting an extra 20,000 tonnes of block chocolate from Tasmania.” ABC Insiders 2/2/14
Both are foreign-owned companies but both provide an employment opportunity to local families. Both have been operating in Australia for a long time., having started in the early 1920’s.
Political machinations aside I wonder what kind of public health message this recent bail out sends to the community.
May I offer my opinion….
It is fine to underwrite 20,000 tonnes of obesity-inducing chocolate confectionery on the pretext of encouraging a tourist-driven factory visit revitalisation for Tasmania. But it is not okay to use tax payer dollars to assist the fruit & vegetable processor, a much healthy option in this obesity ravaged country!
Now I am not saying that SPC Ardmona products are all healthy but I would rather have my kids eat a Goulburn Valley fruit salad rather than a Caramello koala, or a serve of baked beans than a block of Dream.
May I suggest if SPC Ardmona introduce a tour to its Shepparton factory!
For the health message go Crunch and Sip
No conflict of interest. I offer no bias as I have eaten both company’s products. And I even visited a Cadbury factory albiet in Dunedin, New Zealand.