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Thursday, 13 May 1999
Page: 4958

Senator BROWN (11:26 AM) —I respond to that by asking Senator Lees whether she could give a clear exposition on the difference between the tax applying to prepared food as against not applying to unprepared food. She said it is not going to make any difference to breakfast, to cooked sausages or scrambled eggs. Is that the case for the working person who gets breakfast at a cafe or a takeaway place on the way to work? Can the senator please let the committee know about the trend which is universal but applies as much in Australia as anywhere else towards buying prepared foods rather than preparing meals at home? Has this been taken into account? Can Senator Lees tell the committee what the changes are projected to be in Australia over the next 10 or 20 years as far as consumption of prepared meals for breakfast, dinner or tea by Australians, including low income earners, are concerned?