Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has announced a plan to pay an unidentified “research group” $560,000 of taxpayers’ money to deliver a dairy report in February next year.
It gets worse. Littleproud says the mystery group will “develop a new platform” which he claims will allow dairy farmers to “sell milk to multiple processors” and “contract a portion of their future milk supply as a hedge”.
Pigs might fly too.
The dairy industry is in crisis now. A consultant’s report in 10 months’ time will be too late for many dairy farmers. Dairy farmers are being told that if the Liberals are re-elected, they’ll have to wait 15 months for a Mandatory Code of Conduct.
David Littleproud’s announcement is an insult to struggling dairy farmers and another embarrassment for the dysfunctional and chaotic Liberals.
If David Littleproud was serious about delivering a “fair price” for our dairy farmers, the Liberals would be backing Labor’s proposal for a Minimum Farm Gate Milk Price to deliver a fair living wage for our dairy farmers.