Tony Abbott says he’s a Weet-Bix kid

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The Leader of the Federal Opposition says Australians will pay more for their Weet-Bix under the Gillard government’s proposed carbon tax.

Tony Abbott visited Sanitarium to point out how the iconic company is reducing its carbon emissions. During the tour of its operations, Mr Abbott saw the water plant which recycles about 225,000 litres of water every day.

I’m happy to say that most mornings I eat my Weet-Bix." Mr Abbott said admitting he was a true Weet-Bix kid.

Tony Abbott takes a keen interest in water recycling operations as explained by Al Martin at Berkeley Vale. Sanitarium recycles about 225,000 litres of water every day.

He congratulated staff in front of the media at the health food manufacturer’s headquarters at Berkeley Vale, NSW.

“I’m happy to say that most mornings I eat my Weet-Bix,” Mr Abbott said admitting he was a true Weet-Bix kid. “It’s a great product and I want to see more Australians consuming more Australian product. That’s why this carbon tax is going to be so toxic because it’s going to make the price of manufacturing everything here in Australia much, much higher.”

Mr Abbott noted Sanitarium’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by recycling water, using solar energy, converting from coal to gas and using low intensity lighting. “Sanitarium is very confident that they can reduce their corporate carbon footprint by at least five per cent,” he said. “Now, this is evidence that you can get emissions down by taking direct action.”

Mr Abbott took time to meet and greet staff during his tour of Sanitarium’s Head office.

Mr Abbott inspects despatch and delivery operations.

The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, slammed the Opposition Leader for involving the Seventh-day Adventist-owned company in his assault on the carbon tax. She said only the top 1000 polluters will pay the carbon tax—and Sanitarium is not one of these.

You can watch the full doorstop interview with Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott online at http://www.vimeo.com/24100146.