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?