Our label laws are weak. Eggs from chickens that don’t go outside or don’t have enough room to move can be called ‘free range’ — meaning those who choose free range could be paying double, without any guarantee they are genuinely free range.
However, that could all change. Rebekha Sharkie MP from the Nick Xenophon Team is proposing to change free range egg labelling laws. Her bill would ensure that free range means that chickens go outside and have room to move.
Ms Sharkie will need the support of the major parties to get these changes through, and that means your MP needs to know where you stand.
Done, and I congratulate Choice for the improved screens showing the email and enabling editing to make it clear ‘what one is signing up to’ as compared to long-previous presentations.
One constructive criticism - in future make the email editing window larger because personalisation is important after just ‘doing it’. Small, hard to use windows tacitly discourage users. When an MP gets an obviously personalised email I would like to think it get more attention than many standard ones that have been replicated.
The things you learn when curiosity and Wikipedia collide - my member of parliament represents just over 63000 electors, in the third largest electoral division in the world - 1.35 million square kilometres. Hopefully he will support the action, though given there is no poultry meat or egg farming here at all, it might not be high on his agenda …
Typically when I personalise mine which is the majority of the time, I get the same standard email or Hansard record reply and often enough with Dear Constituent/Voter/Applicant/Respondent… headings that do not even reference my name or reference my email name. I think a lot of the time they just count them, that one’s a yes that one’s a no or similar. They may just put a filter in that semi sorts them.
Did mine a couple of days ago. Also shared email to several others and at least one has contacted her pollie. I’ve had a response to my letter from my local politician’s staffer advising I would be contacted directly by the poliie in a couple of days - still waiting.
email sent, shared on Facebook and I’ve also completed the survey Australian Poultry Welfare Standards - NSW Department of Primary Industries (sent to me by #AnimalsAustralia) - sorry wasn’t sure about how to do the link.