Big shops scolded for 10c milk levy
MAJOR supermarkets have received a spray from Agriculture Minister David Littleproud for their “half-baked” approach to supporting dairy farmers through a milk levy.
Taking aim at Coles, Woolworths and Aldi, Mr Littleproud said the situation had become a farce.
The original idea of a 10 cent milk levy was that it would be applied to all brands of milk, go back to the processors who supplied supermarkets and be paid directly to farmers.
Mr Littleproud said now there was no guarantee the money Coles collected would even go to farmers, let alone be paid according to the volume of milk they supplied.
“Coles never wanted to make sure farmers got fairer pay and made a hasty announcement to match their competitor,” he said.
“The result is a half-baked policy which only applies to the the 3L variety of their own milk brand – and may not even go back to the farmers. I was disappointed Woolworths only applied the levy to its own $1 milk.
“As for Aldi, the big German can go and take a running jump if they can’t be bothered to support Australian dairy farmers.
“The big supermarkets have a lot to answer for; they can’t just wash their hands and claim farmers going broke has nothing to do with them.”
The big supermarkets have a lot to answer for...