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boganbear posted a topic in Chewing the fatIs it me or is it these Aussie prawn farmers who do not understand the fundamentals of economics? It seems that to compete against cheap foreign prawns they want to make Aussie prawns more expensive. Whilst many high quality products such as luxury cars are sold as premium products with a high price, I fail to see how making Aussie prawns more expensive than they already are is going to encourage people who probably cannot afford to buy them anyway, buy more by increasing the cost. It would be like Jaguar cars making them more expensive to persuade Ford/Holden drivers to buy a Jag. I cannot see it happening. Whilst I do sympathise with the ideals of buying "Aussie made," it seems that shoving "Aussie made" on anything is just a silly marketing ploy that Aussies fall for. In my local Woollies the other day I noticed that my "Welsh sausages" made by "The British Sausage Company" are also "uniquely Australian". They are the best sausages I have ever tasted in Australia and the nearest thing to British sausages so I recommend them. However, this company also produces "borewors" which, being a South African sausage, is about as British as sushi! Have a read of this news story - [h=1]Levy plan to refire our love for Australian prawns[/h]http://www.news.com.au/national/levy-plan-to-refire-our-love-for-australian-prawns/story-fndo4ckr-1226583828464 AUSTRALIA'S prawn producers are proposing a levy on every kilo of locally produced prawns to fund a fight against cheap overseas imports. The voluntary levy - with plans to make it compulsory under a federal amendment Bill to go to Parliament - will cost between 2c-5c for every kilo of prawns. While the producers will foot the bill for the upfront levy, the cost could be passed on to consumers. The "prawn tax" will help wild and farm producers - one-time foes - fund a million-dollar advertising campaign dubbed "Love Your Aussie Prawn". The ads may even see Paul Hogan dusted off for a cameo along the lines of his iconic Down Under television ad. But this time it won't be a shrimp on the barbie. It'll be an Aussie prawn. "We're not enemies," Australian Prawn Farm ers Association president Alistair Dick said yesterday about the joint campaign. "It makes sense to team up with the wild caught industry." Australians eat an average 5kg of prawns per person every year. But sales of imported prawns have ballooned in recent years. Three quarters of prawns consumed in Australia are now overseas sourced. To regain the high ground in the nation's $1.3 billion seafood industry, marketing gurus are working on the campaign to encourage buyers to pay extra for their "Aussie made" prawn fix and support locally produced seafood, which the industry argues is cleaner, greener and tastes better. Farmed Vannamei prawns imported from Thailand cost about $14 a kilo compared to up to $30 a kilo for wild caught cooked King prawns. "You can't take choice away from people," said Mr Dick. "But we can point out the problems they have in overseas farms with water control, disease and antibiotic residue. "It's a bit like spraying a lettuce crop every day with insecticide to stop bugs eating it." The wild caught and farmed prawn industry used to battle each other for industry dominance but now see imports as their biggest threat. Crystal Bay prawn farmer Gary Davis said crew off prawn trawlers were blown away when they visited his north Queensland site, near Cardwell. "We throw a net and get 100 per cent prawns. They have to sort their prawns from box jellyfish, sharks and rays. They also have to deal with closures and green zones." In Australia, there are 26 prawn farms and hundreds of commercial prawn trawling companies.
First don't they think people would have thought something smelt fishy:wink: Secondly I am surprised that cases like this don't end up with their visas being revoked:no: THREE European backpackers with champagne tastes have been caught shoving seafood down their pants in a supermarket deli. The German and French nationals, who faced Maroochydore Magistrates Court in Queensland, will be eating "only pasta" after vowing not to steal any more food during their trip Down Under. The trio were arrested on Monday when they were sprung sticking mussels, prawns and other gourmet foodstuffs down their shorts. German tourist Jan Schieck, 20, pleaded guilty to stealing $6.60 worth of mussels from the Woolworths deli about 2pm on Monday. "He placed the item down the front of his pants and left the store without paying," police prosecutor Rick Pallister told the court. "(When questioned) he said they were too expensive." Duty lawyer David Kolbe said his client could pay the $6.60 restitution sought by Woolworths as his client had $200 with him yesterday. Schieck's French travelling buddies, both 22, also pleaded guilty to stealing prawns, gourmet cheese, chocolate, iced coffee and hazelnut spread. Mats David Gabillard was ordered to pay $5.20 for the prawns he smuggled out of the store, along with a chocolate bar. Maxime David Minier was more "Dare-ing", stealing a bottle of iced-coffee, two jars of Nutella and Italian cheese. He was ordered to pay $18. All three escaped further punishment. Outside court the trio, here on tourist and working visas, said they had learnt from a night in the lock-up. "It was very boring. We spent 20 hours and there was nothing to do instead of sleeping," Schieck said. "It was a good experience. Now I think we'll stop the shoplifting." The men admitted Monday's incident had not been their first attempt at a five-finger discount and that they could have afforded the items. "We were really hungry you know, we were just stupid and we didn't want to pay - that was the reason," Schieck said. "We just wanted to cook something. We just thought, yeah, we'll spend a little bit less money (and steal the items). "From now on we'll eat pasta again. Only pasta, nothing else." They also said they hoped to find work in the Brisbane area to finance the rest of their trip.