Over the weekend, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said that some remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, where alcohol is illegal, are making moonshine from Vegemite.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott then ruled out a "Vegemite watch" in remote communities.
One of the frontline organisations working to address alcohol issues in Aboriginal communities says the claims have been blown out of proportion.
Indigenous people questioned the claims on social media.
Some mocked the government's claims.
While others thought the claims had demonised remote communities.
There are currently 19 communities across the Northern Territory where alcohol is restricted.
Formerly with BuzzFeed News, Allan Clarke is a NITV reporter based in Sydney.
Contact Allan Clarke at arielle.benedek+AC@buzzfeed.com.
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