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Labor welcomes ACCC findings on dairy



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SENATOR CHRIS KETTER

CHAIR, SENATE ECONOMICS REFERENCES COMMITTEE SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

LABOR WELCOMES ACCC FINDINGS ON DAIRY

Labor welcomes the release today of the ACCC’s report into the dairy industry and calls on the Prime Minister to take immediate action to restore bargaining power to farmers.

Dairy farmers have waited long enough for any decisive action from the Turnbull Government to address the imbalances in the supply chain.

In August, the Senate Economics References Committee made twelve recommendations to prevent further crisis in Australia’s dairy industry and protect farmers’ livelihoods.

Today the ACCC’s report concedes “most farmers have no bargaining power”, and confirms the need for government to act.

The Senate Committee report warned the government that some milk supply contracts could be in breach of unfair contract term laws.

Today the ACCC has announced it is investigating this issue.

The ACCC identified the disproportionate risk transferred to farmers by big business dictating the terms of milk contracts and processing agreements and calls for the balance to be restored.

It is time for the Prime Minister to stop protecting big business - we’ve seen it with the banks and we see it in the diary industry.

He took a week off from Parliament but he seems to be on indefinite leave from his role as Minister for Agriculture.

In Queensland, his own colleagues have said people in the regions don’t know what the Prime Minister stands for.

Whatever it is, we know it’s not dairy farmers.

Labor is listening to farmers who have told us they need a stronger code of conduct, a clear pricing structure and better bargaining power.

The ACCC has got the message, when will the Prime Minister?

THURSDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2017

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