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INDUSTRY—DAIRY INDUSTRY AND MILK PRICES

Senator Milne, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 168—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the move by Coles and Woolworths to significantly discount the price of home brand milk, and

  (ii) the difficulties faced by the dairy industry across the country in part because of the duopoly of Coles and Woolworths over a long period of time;

 (b) recalls the tripartite recommendations from the relevant 2010 Senate committee reports to seriously examine marketplace activities which impact adversely on the dairy industry;

 (c) notes that section 49 of the Trade Practices Act 1974 pertaining to anti-price discrimination measures was removed; and

 (d) calls on the Government to reinstate an anti-price discrimination provision in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,7


Senators—
Brown, BobHanson-YoungMilneXenophon
FieldingLudlamSiewert (Teller)

NOES, 41


Senators—
AdamsCrossinHutchinsParry (Teller)
BarnettEgglestonKrogerPolley
BilykFarrellLundyPratt
BishopFeeneyMacdonaldRyan
BoyceFergusonMarshallStephens
Brown, CarolFierravanti-WellsMcEwenSterle
BushbyFifieldMcLucasWilliams
CameronForshawMinchinWortley
CashFurnerMoore
ColbeckHoggNash
CormannHurleyO'Brien

Question negatived.