Labor is urging South Australians to buy local wine to celebrate bringing in the New Year as the Marshall Liberal Government goes missing with a strategy to deal with the impacts on the industry as the China trade war heats up.
South Australia exports nearly $800 million worth of wine to China each year, making up the majority of Australia’s $1.2 billion in wine exports to China.
The industry directly employs 8,000 South Australians.
Huge increases in tariffs imposed by the Chinese government has put the future of this key export market and these jobs at risk.
Yet the Marshall Liberal Government has been silent on what they are doing to support this iconic South Australian industry, following on from their lack of support for West End beer and even Holden.
Labor is calling on all South Australians to do their bit by making sure corks they pop to see in 2021 are on wines from our many local producers.
Our economy is the worst performing in the nation and if the Marshall Liberal Government is not prepared to help out then let’s all do what we can to support the wine industry.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Trade and Investment Minister Zoe Bettison
Instead of buying Champagne from France, why not stock up on a top shelf local sparkling – it will taste as good, cost less and help support local jobs.
The Marshall Liberal Government has been virtually silent on what it will do to ensure the China trade war does not impact on local wine jobs and businesses.
This iconic South Australian export industry is being left to fend for themselves by the Marshall Liberal Government, so let’s all step up to the plate and do what we can to support our producers this festive season.