The Courier-Mail

Ori­gin Bill given fish fin­ger

Cheap Syd­ney-Bali fares


AUS­TRALIANS still won’t know where seafood sold at restau­rants and fish-and-chip shops comes from af­ter the Se­nate killed off sug­gested la­belling changes.

De­spite fish-la­belling be­ing sup­ported by the Up­per House gen­er­ally, the Coali­tion and La­bor could not back the leg­is­la­tion be­cause it breached Aus­tralia’s obli­ga­tions to coreg­u­la­tors New Zealand.

The pri­vate Bill – voted down yesterday – would have forced the food reg­u­la­tory body to come up with ori­gin stan­dards for cooked and prepre­pared seafood within a year.

In­de­pen­dent sen­a­tor Nick Xenophon, who spon­sored the Bill, said the Gov­ern­ment had missed an op­por­tu­nity.

“In vot­ing down this com­mon­sense re­form, the Gov­ern­ment and Op­po­si­tion have ef­fec­tively given Aus­tralian con­sumers the fish fin­ger.” IN­DONE­SIA AirAsia X will start a sec­ond Aus­tralian route in Oc­to­ber with Syd­ney to Bali flights for $119 one way.

This time, the air­line has se­cured reg­u­la­tory ap­proval in or­der to avoid a re­peat of the Mel­bourne-Bali de­ba­cle.

In that in­stance, flights due to start on Box­ing Day last year were can­celled at the last minute when the Civil Avi­a­tion Safety Au­thor­ity re­fused to give ap­proval.

The move left out of pocket thou­sands of peo­ple who then waited months for re­funds.

The Syd­ney ser­vice, due to be­gin on Oc­to­ber 17, will in­clude five re­turn flights a week op­er­ated by an A330-300 air­craft with a ca­pac­ity of 377 pas­sen­gers.

In­done­sia AirAsia X CEO Dendy Kur­ni­awan said the Mel­bourne route had been well re­ceived and was see­ing strong load fac­tors.

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