Good news, everyone! Your benevolent leaders have decided that you shall be allowed to continue to eat Vegemite:
A shadow has been cast over the future of the spread as a Federal Government taskforce considers special taxes and other deterrents on the sale of fatty, sugary and salty foods…. but today Ms Gillard said Vegemite’s future on Australian grocery shelves was assured.
“I am a very happy Vegemite eater and there is no way in the world that Vegemite would be banned in this country,” Ms Gillard said.
Vegemite’s safety is assured, since it’s an iconic and popular foodstuff and is enjoyed by no less a luminary then the deputy Great Leader. However, if your tastes for unhealthy food run to something a little more obscure, you are instead invited to eat… well, this is a family website, so fill in the blank.
The taskforce’s final report, due in June, is one of the most eagerly anticipated of all the health reviews under way, the newspaper says. They propose extra taxes on “energy-dense” foods;
So far, so meh. Probably unlike most of the people reading this, I don’t really care if the government wants to incentivise eating certain foods. Even if strongly opposed to this, you have to concede that it’s philosophically miles away from banning foods, or regulating their ingredients, let’s say…
regulating fat, salt and sugar content in food and drink
Which of course, the government also proposes to do. I can’t wait for the protest against this. We can all show up to Parliament House and eat huge lumps of Roquefort cheese, followed by mudcake and double-thick cream.