Queensland LNP Senator Barry O’Sullivan has called for a clear and unambiguous assurance from State Labor Health Minister Cameron Dick that the Healthy Futures Commission will be instructed to never recommend a sugar tax.
Senator O’Sullivan said with more than 90% of Australia’s entire sugar output grown in Queensland, our state cannot afford to unduly punish cane growing communities.
“No one doubts that tackling obesity is an important social and health issue in our community, but it cannot be at the expense of one of Queensland’s most important agricultural exports,” Senator O’Sullivan said.
“The Queensland sugar industry is a $2 billion market, which exports all around the world and supports countless communities along the state’s rural coastline.
“Cameron Dick needs to ensure he doesn’t punish regional communities in an effort to win over votes in urban Green electorates.”
Senator O’Sullivan said the Healthy Futures Commission should focus on promoting personal responsibility to reduce obesity.