Agriculture committee rejects planned Fair Milk Price Logos bill
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.”