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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