Big shops scolded for 10c milk levy

Western Times - - NEWS -

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...

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