31 Jul 2020

Govt lockdown purchase brings home the bacon for food banks

From Checkpoint, 5:42 pm on 31 July 2020

The gruesome prospect of mass slaughters of pigs on farms because of over-supply prompted the government to buy 12,000 carcasses during lockdown - and donate them to food banks.

Hundreds more papers related to the government's Covid-19 pandemic response were release today.

One paper revealed Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor asked Cabinet to approve a $5.8 million purchase of 2,000 pigs a week.

Ruth Hill reports.