Agri­cul­ture com­mit­tee re­jects planned Fair Milk Price Lo­gos bill

Central and North Burnett Times - - FENCE POST LIFE -

QUEENS­LAND Par­lia­ment Agri­cul­ture and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee has rec­om­mended re­ject­ing the Fair Milk Price Lo­gos Bill.

The com­mit­tee has in­stead rec­om­mended the Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries in­ves­ti­gate other op­tions for sup­port­ing the Queens­land Dairy Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Com­mit­tee chair MP Joe Kelly said in the com­mit­tee fore­word that al­though he recog­nised the chal­lenges faced by dairy farm­ers in Aus­tralia and Queens­land in par­tic­u­lar, the pro­posed bill to in­tro­duce brand­ing to al­low con­sumers to di­rectly sup­port Queens­land dairy farmer pro­duced milk, would cre­ate more prob­lems than it would solve.

“It is dif­fi­cult to es­cape the fact that dairy farm­ers in Aus­tralia, and par­tic­u­larly in Queens­land, are labour­ing un­der tremen­dous eco­nomic pres­sures,” Mr Kelly said.

The main ar­gu­ment for the de­ci­sion was that it would un­der­mine com­pe­ti­tion from in­ter­state pro­duc­ers.

Kat­ter’s Aus­tralia Party MP Shane Knuth said he was dis­ap­pointed in the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion.

“Queens­land’s dairy in­dus­try is dy­ing a slow and painful death, and the Gov­ern­ment and the LNP are sug­gest­ing to do noth­ing to save it,” Mr Knuth said.

“Both sides have had an op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing, yet all they can do is re­hash in­ef­fec­tive sug­ges­tions that do noth­ing to re-in­vig­o­rate the dairy in­dus­try.”

In the com­mit­tee fore­word, Mr Kelly ex­pressed sup­port for lo­cal pro­ces­sors al­ready us­ing la­belling with­out leg­is­la­tion.

“They are creat­ing a mar­ket­ing ad­van­tage on the ba­sis that they of­fer a qual­ity lo­cal prod­uct,” he said.

“This in­cludes pay­ing a fair price for their milk they re­ceive from farm­ers.”

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