Things you need to know
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.
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.