‘Vegemite watch’ not on the PM’s menu
TONYT Abbott has ruled out a “Vegemite“V Watch’’-type programg to stop indigenous communitiesm getting drunk on the iconicic spread.
Shocking revelations by The Sunday Mail that some indigenous communities were b buying Vegemite in bulk to m make home brew outlines the to tough road for governments a and communities wanting to c crack down on alcohol abuse a and domestic violence.
Mr Abbott, who has vowed to come down hard on alcoholfuelled violence and child neglect in indigenous towns, said communities needed to be policed properly.
“The last thing I want to do is have a Vegemite watch,” Mr Abbott said. “Vegemite, quite properly, is for most people a reasonably nutritious spread on your morning toast or on your sandwiches.”
Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion, who did not propose a legislative ban but wanted communities to take responsibility for the “innovative’’ use of Vegemite, said conditions were getting worse in indigenous Australia.
“Tough decisions need to be made,” he said. “And … those tough decisions need to be decided by leaders of the community, leaders of families and individuals standing up for themselves.”