Tuckshop ladies up in arms

During Queensland state election lobbying yesterday, the Australian Medical Association of Queensland (AMAQ) said it wanted a ban on fast-food outlets opening within 1km of new schools, as well as subsidies for fruit and vegetables in high-risk communities.

It also said unhealthy meals at school tuckshops should be scrapped to prevent the next generation developing poor dietary habits.

President Dr Shaun Rudd said school tuckshops were meant to be healthy places, but they weren’t.

“We’ve all seen tuckshop ladies and there’s a reason why they’ve got tuckshop arms,” Dr Rudd said.

Dr Rudd today released a statement apologising for any offence he caused with the “off-the-cuff” remark, after it triggered a backlash from tuckshop volunteers.

“Of course, tuckshop volunteers do a terrific job supporting their schools,” he said.

“However, this should not