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Pickering joins with the Parliament to promote Queensland wines, 2 November 2007

Well-known cartoonist Larry Pickering joined forces with the Queensland Parliament to unveil a new range of parliamentary wines.

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Mike Reynolds, officially launched the Parliament’s new range of eight wines at a function on 2nd November.

The newly-launched wine collection includes eight wines within three ranges each linked to the history of the Parliament - the Premier's range (for functions), Speaker's range (reserve wines) and President's range (port).

Within each range, the wines have been named in honour of former office holders in the Queensland Parliament, such as “The Lawmaker” which honours Sir Samuel Griffith, a former Premier of Queensland who authored this state’s Criminal Code as well as drafting the Australian Constitution.

The labels contain charicatures of the former Queensland parliamentarians, biographical information as well as educational and historical information.

Larry Pickering, well-known Australian cartoonist, painted seven of the eight charicatures depicted on the labels.

At the launch, Mr Reynolds thanked Mr Pickering for contributing greatly to the project and donating his artworks to the Queensland Parliament for exclusive use on these wine bottles.

Speaker Mike Reynolds said Queensland boasted an impressive range of award winning wines, so having these wines listed on the Queensland Parliament’s wine list will help support the continued success of the local wine industry.

Mr Reynolds said the new wine range affords the Parliament the opportunity to engage with wine consumers in a novel way as the labels for the new wine range will contain educational and historical information.“Queensland wines were well deserving of a place in the Parliament, so what better way to show off our state’s best than by offering them in Parliament.”

The wines will be used by the Parliamentary Catering Service, Members of Parliament in their electorates, and sold through the Parliament’s website and gift shop.

The Speaker said “The Parliament wants to showcase Queensland wines at our functions and to our visitors, who are often from other states and countries, in order to encourage them to try local wines, thereby creating local jobs and boosting the sale of local wine product nationally and internationally.”

Toasting the launch of the Queensland Parliament's

The complete range of Queensland Parliamentary Wines