It doesn’t take them long to answer the call to gorge themselves, does it!
The supreme wind, that was Cyclone Debbie, still fighting for life, bent on destruction; and they come out to feed and fill their coffers. Who, what, are these creatures that crawl from the mud and slime left by Debbie?
Their name is ‘Coles’, and it is ‘Woolies’, and no doubt ‘Aldi’ and ‘IGA’, will join in the frenzy, all pleading for sympathy, and our financial support to help them through the disaster, not of their making. Crying tears of delight and joy, as they rush to clear their shelves of ‘fresh’ fruit & veggies.
But have no worries, have no fear, for they will find the fresh fruit and veggies, that our bodies crave, and at great expense; which they have to, regretfully, pass on to their faithful.
But where is all this fresh goodness to be found?
Why in their own warehouses of course! Dribbled out in minuscule quantities, often, at the highest price that they believe they can gouge from the desperate starving masses.
I kid you not!
Yesterday, I actually went to the supermarket, and lo and behold, in the ‘Fruit & Veggie’ section, disaster had struck. Most noticeably in the ‘Banana’ section, it was bare except for a very small number of loose, sorry, bedraggled looking specimens, that had somehow managed to survive the disaster.
I doubt not, that if I return and check today, there will be a fair quantity of ‘fresh’ bananas which they’ve managed to acquire, but unfortunately they will have to charge $19.99 kg. not the usual $2.99 kg.
Would you believe that during a newscast before Debbie struck, a spokesman for a supermarket chain warned that this will happen?
Now the thing is, the majority of the country’s banana production is located in the north Queensland regions of Kennedy, Tully, Innisfail, Atherton Tableland, Mossman, Lakeland and Hopevale.
All of which are some hundreds of kilometres north of Bowen and Proserpine. And Debbie turned south after hitting the coast.
Bowen is the renowned ‘Tomato’ capital of Australia; grows and supplies them the year round, they grow cantaloupes and mango’s too, not many bananas though; Proserpine has a sugar & tourist industry, bananas? Not really!
Once again, capitalism rears it’s ugly face!
Here are some photographs taken by our ABC of the aftermath, which may be of interest to my overseas reader/s