What’s stopping us?

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Like an oozing sore on the ankle of Australian dairy, the frustration with the inaction of our national umbrella body has finally broken into an open wound.

Months after releasing its report into our woes, the ACCC has released a guide to the recommendations in an apparent attempt to build momentum.

Meanwhile, the federal agriculture minister, David Littleproud, has delivered dairy leaders an ultimatum backed up by a statement issued yesterday that includes this slap in the face for our representatives:

“The ACCC report into the sector identified market failure. I asked the dairy sector to come to a united position on a response to the report and a mandatory code of conduct for the dairy industry. This has not yet happened.”

Apparently, they have until tomorrow to be forthcoming, or else.

Yesterday, Minister Littleproud threw his support behind a 10 cent levy on milk to help farmers. Today, the new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison poured cold water on the idea.

Two years have passed. The silver lining to any crisis is change. We’ve seen none. Why? Who or what is stopping us?


7 thoughts on “What’s stopping us?

  1. Our state farmer orgs are working hard on this. They have been for a long while. It is not as easy as saying, “Here it is, one solution for the whole industry.” The needs of farmers in different states and regions are entirely different. The time the ACCC took to put their report together was drawn out and put everyone under pressure. There are still big gaping holes in their report so it’s a bit cheeky of them to try to push things along. Give our national umbrella body some credit; they are not the hold up. Consensus is.

    • You don’t think the representative bodies had considered the possibility of a mandatory code until after the ACCC recommended one?

      • Yes, of course they would have considered it. The decision though, is with the states and each state body is going to have different issues to cover off for their farmers. More importantly though, no matter what kind of code we end up with, there is a lot of work to do to cover off all the possible issues farmers everywhere may come up against. That is no small amount of work to do. It is not just a case of saying, “Here, let’s have a mandatory code!” What goes in the code? How will it work if situation A happens? What happens if situation B happens?

  2. Its really time for a reality check on all this, the supermarkets are not the white nights it all this, they are part of the problem in this whole situation and $1.00 milk is the supermarket poster boy in all this along with $1.00 kg cheese.

    So I suggest Mr littleproud should rethink his thanking of them for their magnanimous generosity in applying the levy to aid farmers survival they are part of the problem, the hypocrisy in all this is just unbelievable. Then we have the view that applying the levy would have disastrous effects on the every day shoppers

    “I’ve subsequently spoken to the Coles CEO who has indicated to me he’s a little bit more circumspect about it, he is concerned about a 10c levy and the pressures on households that would raise, so we are waiting to hear back from Coles, but Woolworths has indicated that they are prepared to come on the journey with us.”

    Well let’s not forget the pressures the current supermarket pricing polices and strategies are putting on all farmers’ not just dairy farmers. We don’t need or want a meaningless 10 cent levy that will do nothing to fix this situation long term .We just want and require is to be treated fairly and equitably when it comes to the pricing of the products our milk makes on the shelves of the supermarkets, just show us the same concern as you have for your shoppers. All the 10-cent levy will be doing is giving the supermarkets a big get out of jail free card along with the government. So nothing really changes the cycle will just continue

    “In all fairness to the processors, the conversations I’ve had with them have been constructive as well; they see that they need farmers to have an industry into the future, so they’re very much open to whatever ideas and policies can be put forward and this levy is one that we’ll help them try and facilitate

    Yes I agree this industry has no future if we don’t get change and that’s stating the bleeding obvious. So Mr Littleproud I would suggest it has to start with $1.00 milk and if nothing else it should be indexed to inflation at a minimum. What right do supermarkets have to arbitrarily hold and set the liquid milk price at $1.00 from here to eternity? Stop taking the easy way out and start to hold the supermarkets to account. But from past history I don’t think we will get any action on this in the coming week let alone the next decade. So to finish what the 10-cent levy raises will be so small to be irrelevant in what is really wrong with the whole industry

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