The Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs surprised patrons when she dropped in to the Mornington Peninsula Brewery in Mornington on Saturday.
Minister Bishop visited the Mornington Peninsula region to discuss the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the benefits to medium and small businesses.
Debra Mar, Executive Producer of RPP FM current Affairs program Eye on the Peninsula spoke to Ms Bishop. “I am delighted to be in Mornington with Liberal Candidate for Dunkley, Chris Crewther. We are visiting small and medium businesses in this area to tell them of the benefits the Free Trade Agreements Australia has signed with China, Japan and South Korea can bring them,” she said.
“This is a historic opportunity for small and medium businesses to develop products, or start business or grow businesses to sell their goods and services. What it means to the Mornington Peninsula Brewery for example, is the tariffs on beer will eventually to go zero therefore will be more competitive with other countries selling our goods and services into the fastest growing economic region in the world within China, Japan and South Korea and beyond,” she said.”
Liberal Candidate for Dunkley Chris Crewther, said “This is a wonderful opportunity for businesses in Dunkley and the Peninsula to expand our local economy and to expand our exports, particularly in the agriculture space. The MP Produce Certified Trademark just launched also gives us a marketing edge with our high quality ‘clean, green’ image so with that you can produce a lesser quantity of the actual product and sell it for a higher price.”
Former Minister for Small Business and current Federal Member for Dunkley Bruce Billson MP, joined the campaign and added, “The Free Trade Agreement means we are well placed to discern between investment opportunities, make sure it’s not in conflict with our national interests but to carry the economy ad businesses forward.”
Owner of Mornington Peninsula Brewery. Matt Bebe said being able to trade with counties such as China, Japan and South Korea is great for his boutique beer business. “It’s offers incentives for my business to try new things and shows the world what our region can produce.”
Earlier in the day, Ms Bishop walked down Main Street, Mornington to chat with local business owners and greeted locals. She also paid a visit to Commonfolk Café.
Hear the full interview with The Hon. Julie Bishop and Debra Mar on Eye on the Peninsula Current Affairs program this Tuesday at noon on RPP FM.
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Words and photography Debra Mar
Featured photo: L-R Member for Dunkley Bruce Billson MP, MP Brewery owner Matt Bebe, the Hon. Julie Bishop and Liberal Candidate for Dunkley Chris Crewther