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Monday, 7 November 2016
Page: 2849

Dairy Industry

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

Recently in the Dairy industry there have been some big issues of concerns. The farmers are being paid less money than the amount of money it takes to produce the milk. These Australian farmers need to be treated better. The amount they were being paid to make the milk before this dramatic pay drop was still extremely low. Murray Goulburn and other milk companies use to pay farmers $5.60/kg for milk solids how they are paying between $4.75 and $5.00. This pay drop needs to be answered. We need to be supporting Australian farmers otherwise if they can't afford to produce milk anymore, Australia will start running out of milk fast.

We therefore ask the House to: The federal government needs to get involved, a levy needs to be put on milk so Australian dairy farmers can once again be paid the full price of $5.60 for one litre of milk. Our farmers get up at 4am every morning, at the crack of dawn to milk cows so we can have milk every day, yet somehow even though they are doing all the work, all the big corporate companies like devondale are earning all the money. A fifty cents per litre levy on all dairy farmers should be introduced, with all this money and earnings to be given back to the farmers so that they can get back on their feet rather than further in debt.

from 11 citizens.