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NO CODE, SAY FARM­ERS:

North­ern Vic­to­rian dairy farm­ers say they can­not sup­port a manda­tory code of con­duct for the in­dus­try. The state­ment came at a con­sul­ta­tion on the pro­posed code in Shep­par­ton last Tues­day. Most of the 20 dairy farm­ers in at­ten­dance were con­cerned about the lack of clar­ity around a po­ten­tial code.

JOBS TO GO:

Dozens of jobs are ex­pected to be lost at De­niliquin’s rice mill fol­low­ing an an­nounce­ment from SunRice. The com­pany has pointed to a small rice crop, high water prices and low water avail­abil­ity as the rea­son for up to 100 jobs to be stripped from the De­niliquin and Lee­ton rice mills.

SPC IS FOR SALE:

A Shep­par­ton icon is set to go on the mar­ket, with Coca-Cola Amatil on Fri­day an­nounc­ing its de­ci­sion to sell SPC. The de­ci­sion comes after a strate­gic re­view into the com­pany was com­pleted, with a po­ten­tial buyer for the fruit pro­cess­ing com­pany cur­rently be­ing sought.

TAX TO BE CHAL­LENGED:

The fu­ture of the back­packer tax could be on the line, with the Fed­eral Court in Bris­bane set to hear a chal­lenge to the con­tro­ver­sial tax. Taxback.com is ar­gu­ing that the tax con­tra­venes nondis­crim­i­na­tion clauses built into tax treaties that Aus­tralia has signed with the United King­dom, Ger­many, Fin­land, Nor­way and Tur­key.

ADF ELEC­TION:

Terry Richard­son has been re-elected pres­i­dent of Aus­tralian Dairy Farm­ers. Mr Richard­son first as­sumed the role of act­ing pres­i­dent in De­cem­ber 2016 be­fore be­ing for­mally elected pres­i­dent in Novem­ber last year.

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