Bananas are a fantastic food - healthy, portable and delicious. They should be enriching the nation's breakfast cereals, custards and smoothies. Instead, we're told that 20 million Australians have to go without for a year as a sop to a few hundred Queensland farmers in marginal seats (Sunday Age, 26/3). What kind of a free-market party dictates to us our basic fruit purchases?
Perhaps the kind that outlaws grown-ups from including a raft of provisions in their commercial agreements. Or the kind that is desperately trying to kick out the only effective liberal in Parliament in favour of an apparatchik. Maybe the kind that cops criticism from right-wing think-tanks for setting up a Stalinist-style command-and-control economy.
It's telling that when the Berlin Wall came down the most popular purchase for the East Berliners, newly-freed from Stalinist control, was the humble banana.