Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has weighed in on the soaring cost of everyday items, calling KFC’s substitution of lettuce for cabbage “crazy”.
With lettuce costing as much as $ 12 a head due to massive shortages, the fast food giant has revealed it will substitute cabbage in some instances.
Mr Albanese told the Kyle and Jackie O show it was “just wrong”, saying he would raise the issue of “cabbage-gate” at Thursday’s cabinet meeting.
“This is a crisis,” he said while laughing.
“My son loves KFC and when he hears about this he is going to be devastated. It’s extreme.
“Cabbage is not the same as lettuce. That’s just wrong.
“I’ll put it on the list for the Cabinet meeting today. Cabbage Gate. ”
KFC was forced to post a menu update on its website earlier this week, blaming recent flooding events in Queensland and NSW for the shortage.
It follows the emergence of a lettuce as a figurehead during the election campaign for the mounting cost of living, which could be made even worse given the RBA’s interest rate rise earlier this week and the run-on inflation risk.
Mr Albanese went on to take a more serious note and explain to the FM radio hosts that the rising interest rates were having “a real impact on people”.
“There is a cost of living crisis… And of course this week we’ve seen a half a percentage point increase which means a lot of money if you have a big mortgage,” he said.
“We know that families are really under pressure. That’s why we’ll produce a budget in October with cheaper childcare, cheaper medicines and other measures that we have to help cost of living pressures. ”
Adding to the cost-of-living crisis Australian households are facing is the possibility of higher power bills, given the electricity crisis caused by global gas shortages and aging coal-fired power stations.
Mr Albanese was not asked to weigh in on the issue during his 12 minute interview with Kyle and Jackie O.
But his Energy Minister Chris Bowen said earlier he had had a productive meeting with his State and Territory counterparts on Wednesday afternoon.
“We agreed to develop a national plan for the transition (to renewable energy),” Mr Bowen told ABC News.
Mr Bowen said the group of ministers had agreed to 11 points that would offer immediate and long-term relief to the struggling industry.