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End in sight for Spud Shed founder’s long fight for West Australian potato market deregulation

Tony Galati Spud Shed owner pictured in a field. The man who almost single-handedly forced the West Australian Government to commit to reforming its potato market has revealed when his deep distrust of the industry regulator began. Tony Galati admits he has a chip on his shoulder over what happened to his Sicilian-born father at the hands of the so-called “potato police”. Francesco Galati grew potatoes on a small block south of Perth soon after emigrating from Italy in the 1950s but he had his grower licence revoked for breaking the rules by taking a second job as a painter. Galati Brothers is now one of the biggest potato growers in WA. More