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Australia: Potato industry roasts PM in NZ import row

A CARTOON portraying Prime Minister Julia Gillard and senior ministers Joe Ludwig and Craig Emerson as children playing a video game has been launched by the potato industry as part of its war to block imports of New Zealand potatoes. AUSVEG, an industry body representing Australia’s 9000 vegetable growers has been fighting a biosecurity proposal to lift a 24-year import ban — under strict quarantine rules — in response to a six-year campaign to allow New Zealand potatoes to be processed into chips here. The industry fears its crops could be devastated by zebra chip disease if the ban is lifted.


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