Earlier this week, ADF spoke at the Senate Economics References Committee inquiry
into Australia’s dairy industry.
We discussed a number of key historical points and highlighted long term solutions we believe will relieve some of the pressures faced by our dairy farmers.
Through consultation with our state member organisations, we proposed a number of solutions:
– The development of the Code of Best Practice on milk supply contractual agreements to ensure transparency and fairness in milk price arrangements
– To ensure that the ACCC review identifies and investigates sharing risk along the supply chain, supply agreements and contracts, competition, bargaining
and trading practices in the industry and the effect of world retail prices on profitability
– Incorporating an effects test to show the impact of anti-competitive behaviour
– The implementation of a world dairy commodity pricing index and educational program for farmers to better understand the impacts of the world market
price and impact on the domestic market
We reiterated the fact that although the dairy industry has gone through a difficult time, we are a resilient industry with a long, sustainable future
ahead and our profitability depends greatly on the continued support of the Australian public.
Which takes me to my last point. The proposed 50 cent milk levy.
Yesterday evening I took part in an extended interview with a major TV network. On several occasions I stated that ADF did not support a levy being applied
to drinking milk (50 cents or otherwise).
The 20 cent quote came from a completely different part of the interview (which was not aired) yet edited in a way that was out of context with the questioning.
I said, it would be good if Coles were to increase the price of $1 milk by at least 20 cents.
Media does not always represent the facts and important messages can get lost in the push for ratings and dramatic intrigue.
We have contacted Channel 7 News to clarify that the impact of its editing together two different part-answers to two different questions has effectively
contributed to misleading Australian consumers.
It is unfortunate when these things happen. Incorrect information leads to confusion in a time when we need open and transparent messaging. Our priorities
have always been to work to strengthen the dairy industry’s foundations so we can achieve long term stability.
To get through this difficult period the industry needs strong leaders with one voice.
ADF together with our state member organisations believe a united vision is the key to achieving positive outcomes going forward.
Acting ADF President