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Monday, 7 November 2016
Page: 2849

Dairy Industry

This petition of certain citizens of Melbourne draws the attention of the House:

Lately dairy farmers in our country have been facing hardship. The reason being, is that farmers are being paid much less by the milk companies. Leading companies such as Murray Goulburn used to pay the farmers around $5.60 per kilogram of milk solids, yet recently this price has dropped to between $5.00 -$4.75. Also, Fonterra has dropped the price it is willing to pay from $5.60 to $5.00. This means our dairy farmers are losing more money than they are gaining, making them more in debt for each litre of milk they produce. The current milk prices make a bottle of water more expensive than a carton of milk. This is truly unjust. Dairy farmers have been providing us with milk for so very long and they work so hard to make quality products for us. In fact, most farmers start work at four o'clock in the morning and finish work at eight o'clock at night. It is unfair to decrease the amount that dairy farmers are being paid and something has to be done.

We therefore ask the House to: Raise the price that dairy farmers are being paid. The federal government should introduce a levy for every litre of milk sold so that farmers get more money back. This levy should be around 50 cents if not more. This way, dairy farmers will be able to slowly regain all the money that they have lost during this milk drop crisis.

from 15 citizens.