Media Release

​Still time to have your say on country of origin labelling, says Joyce

30 June 2015

Consumers have until Friday to have their say on country of origin labelling options before a survey about different labelling options wraps up, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has said. 

"For as long as I've been in politics, the issue of country of origin labelling has been raised with me," Minister Joyce said. 

"We have answered the overwhelming desire of the Australian people by putting forward alternatives for a new system of labelling that is simple, that is diagrammatic, that reflects the proportionality of the product and how much comes from our nation, and that is compulsory. 

"We now have more than 11,000 people who have had their say by completing the survey.  

"But it is important that everyone uses these remaining days to have their say. I want the response to be overwhelming so that the request for action is unambiguous. 

"This is a fundamental part of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper process.  

"It connects the farmer to the consumer, so that with your money you can make a clear choice about what you wish to buy: a product underpinned by our phytosanitary requirements, our workplace safety laws, our support for our farmers on their land. 

"Or if you so choose, without any opprobrium at all, you can select an alternative product from somewhere else." 

The community survey is open until Friday 3 July. See industry.gov.au/cool for more information.