Farm­ers in cri­sis

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

This week our down­trod­den yet de­fi­ant dairy in­dus­try suf­fered an­other mer­ci­less kick when two ma­jor milk pro­ces­sors an­nounced a cut in milk prices. Along with dereg­u­la­tion and price dic­ta­tion by Coles & Wool­worths, dairy farm­ers as ded­i­cated and re­silient con­trib­u­tors to our na­tion’s econ­omy con­tinue to sol­dier on. What they don’t need is a rant by PETA’s Des­mond Bel­lamy com­par­ing the dairy in­dus­try to the to­bacco in­dus­try and it should by shut down. The com­par­i­son is lu­di­crous but un­for­tu­nately part of our land­scape whereby mi­nori­ties seek­ing their utopia want to crush and de­stroy liveli­hoods of oth­ers. The dairy in­dus­try is a sig­nif­i­cant part of our ru­ral en­ter­prise for lo­cal and ex­port and needs sup­port at grass­roots/ con­sumer level be­cause state and fed­eral men­tor­ing/ (in­ter­fer­ence)? is not good for the pro­ducer or the coun­try. Why did the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment al­low the sale of our big­gest dairy in Tas­ma­nia to the Chi­nese when an Aus­tralian con­sor­tium could match the bid?

Peter Scan­lan Bur­nett Heads

PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

AUSSIE MILK: Aus­tralian dairy farm­ers are go­ing na­tional with their plight.

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