Labor is deeply concerned that the ACCC has requested a significant extension to its inquiry into the Australian dairy industry.
Both Barnaby Joyce and Scott Morrison have had ample time to reflect on findings made by the Senate Economics References Committee which was spearheaded by Labor following the callous actions of Murray Goulburn and Fonterra in 2016.
Labor has already done much of the groundwork formulating 12 recommendations for the Government to adopt to aid dairy farmers in their fight to secure fair prices for their milk.
Barnaby Joyce and Scott Morrison need to stop with the dilly-dallying and start to produce some real options for Australia’s struggling dairy farmers.
With the new final report now being extended to April 30 2018, the Government has confirmed it’s almost two years late to the party.
Indeed farmers could be waiting longer for any real policy decisions to be implemented once the report is released.
Our dairy farmers need decisive action from the Government to ensure they never suffer through retrospective contract arrangements and claw backs.
They deserve better.