La­bor to in­tro­duce milk floor price

Gatton Star - - LIFE INTO RURAL -

THE Federal Op­po­si­tion has given the clear­est in­di­ca­tion yet that a dairy floor price will be in­tro­duced by La­bor if elected on May 18.

Op­po­si­tion spokesman for agri­cul­ture Joel Fitzgib­bon last week said struc­tural prob­lems meant the dairy sec­tor needed gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion.

“You can some­what re­bal­ance the mar­ket power be­tween pro­ces­sors and dairy farm­ers, but dairy farm­ers will be made price tak­ers,” Mr Fitzgib­bon said.

He was asked by The Weekly Times how a floor price would op­er­ate in com­pe­ti­tion with im­ported pro­duce from New Zealand.

“If we are ar­gu­ing that the only way to be in­ter­na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive on ex­port mar­kets is to pay our farm­ers at or below the cost of pro­duc­tion, then we’ve lost the ar­gu­ment,” the NSW MP said.

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