ACTING Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce visited Noosa on Wednesday to see the new Peregian Beach IGA and remind shoppers of the importance of supporting local business.
While Noosa failed to turn on the sunshine for the National Party leader, MrJoyce said the Sunshine Coast was one of his favourite holiday destinations.
"This is where I've been going with my family for years for our holidays,” he said.
Mr Joyce, along with Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien, congratulated the White family on opening a new business that invested in local farmers and shoppers.
"What I like about IGAs is they're owned by families, they're owned by people who remind us of ourselves,” Mr Joyce said.
"We want to make sure that remains a vital part of how commerce is done.
"The White family, the people who own it, are getting ahead.
"They're actually living the dream of taking the risk and building that extension of their own life.”
Mr Joyce made note of the Coalition government's newly adopted country of origin labelling and the 'effects test' he said would help combat anti-competitive behaviour from big businesses.
"We're going to be bringing forward the effects test - and family businesses get a fair run of it,” Mr Joyce said.
"Especially against the major supermarkets, because we want more mum and dad businesses, more businesses like this.
"It's what makes Queensland great, it's what makes Australia great.”
Mr Joyce said he was very proud of the work his government had done to bring forward the country of origin labelling, which would help the consumer.
"So that you know that the pineapples you buy, or the capsicum you buy, or the spuds you buy, how much of that product comes from our nation,” he said.
"That works hand in glove with the work the White family are doing, being an Australian-owned business with Australian products.”
With school holidays in full swing, Mr Joyce also reminded the beach town of the effects of sun exposure, warning Australians earlier this month that his recent skin cancer removals should be a lesson to all.
"When you're about 20years old, you think it doesn't really matter,” MrJoyce said.
"When you go to the beach, you might think a hat looks dopey, but believe you me, skin cancers look dopier.
"We all think we're invincible when we're 16, when you're 25, but believe me, it'll catch up with you later on.
"You'll start having bits and pieces burnt off.
"If you don't like that and you think it looks a bit uncomfortable, wear a hat, cover up.”
Mr Joyce also visited the Tewantin-Noosa RSL for lunch with local LNP members.
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