Agriculture Minister DavidLittleproudhas 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.Littleproudsays 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 consultants report in 10 months time will be too late for manydairy farmers. Dairy farmers are being told that if theLiberals arere-elected, theyll have to wait15months for a Mandatory Code of Conduct.
DavidLittleproudsannouncement is an insult to struggling dairy farmers and another embarrassment forthedysfunctional and chaoticLiberals.
If DavidLittleproudwas serious about delivering a fair price for our dairy farmers, theLiberalswould be backingLaborsproposal for aMinimum Farm Gate Milk Priceto deliver a fair living wage for our dairy farmers.