Australian PM Tony Abbott: There will be no ‘Vegemite watch’

(Neo web Desk) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned against restricting the sale of popular toast spread Vegemite in remote indigenous communities after reports it was being used to make moonshine.Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion first suggested local communities should regulate Vegemite purchases after reports from Aboriginal health organizations that the yeast-based spread was being bought in bulk to make homemade alcohol in some remote indigenous communities in the northeastern state of Queensland, where alcohol is banned.Scullion described the spread as a “precursor to misery” in local newspaper the Courier Mail on Saturday, saying children in some communities were too unwell from excess consumption of the Vegemite-based home-brew to attend school.”Businesses in these communities also have a responsibility to report any purchase that may raise their own suspicions,” he later added.But Abbott told reporters at a press conference in Queensland on Sunday that he had no plans to institute a “Vegemite watch”.”This is a deregulatory Government and the last thing I want to do is to have a Vegemite watch … because Vegemite, quite properly, is for most people a reasonably nutritious spread on your morning toast or on your sandwiches,” he said, when asked whether sales of Vegemite should be monitored.

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