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President’s Message – November 2014

ADIC Chair and ADF President, Noel Campbell presenting at the China Dairy Industry Association Conference in Shanghai earlier this year.

In anticipation of the announcement of a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on the heels of the G20 Summit in Brisbane this weekend (15-16 November), there has never been a more pivotal time for the dairy to ensure the industry’s interests remain a priority at the pointy end of the negotiations.

A number of dairy industry executives from the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) and Dairy Australia (DA), including myself, returned from Beijing, China last weekend after spending time with Australian Government officials who were negotiating the proposed bilateral trade deal.

I am pleased to report back that the talks were positive and we are confident that in the event of a signed FTA the industry can expect the announcement will enhance future confidence for both the farm and processing sectors.

If we get this deal right, it will be a great opportunity to boost Australian dairy’s competitiveness on an international scale and support, and grow, the 43,000 Australians directly employed in dairy, most in regional Australia.

The ADIC has reiterated the mutually beneficial nature of such a deal, which will offer Chinese consumers increased access to a secure supply of high quality, safe dairy products from Australia, and has encouraged the Government not to sign an agreement that does not deliver commercially meaningful outcomes for dairy.

As Chair of the ADIC, I am proud of the acknowledgement and bipartisan support our industry has received throughout the trade negotiations. Dairy’s message has been heard loud and clear – now, it’s over to the Government.

For more information, visit: www.fta4dairy.com.au

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