AN ANTI-JUNK food campaign will step up this week with a motion going to Parliament calling for ideas to improve the health of Tasmanians.
Rosevears independent Kerry Finch said yesterday his speech in Parliament this month citing the campaign of Launceston doctor Gary Fettke to limit sugar and seed oil consumption sparked a social media storm and it was time to take it further.
Mr Finch said he had refined his message and was now leaning more towards education than legislation, but it was vital the state government acted.
He urged Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne to drastically reduce junk food sold in hospitals, as had happened in South Australia, but to more broadly step up healthy eating education.
Ms O'Byrne said earlier this month the government encouraged hospitals to continually improve healthy food choices.
It is expected the issue will be revisited following Mr Finch's motion.
Mr Finch said he hoped to submit his motion on Wednesday in the Legislative Council and would call on a debate in a few weeks, depending on the reaction of MLCs.
``I am still looking at the form of the motion, but its purpose is to further the debate on diet and lifestyle choices for better health for Tasmanians,'' he said.
``We need to get a momentum for change . . . the simple fact is that if we do not keep Tasmanians out of hospitals, the whole health system will eventually crash.
``So we need to empower people with the ability to make the right decisions about the food that they put in their mouths.''