The Australian Dairy Farmers’ (ADF) have backed Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis’ call for a mandatory code of conduct for the dairy sector.
“I’ve been working to get a better deal for our dairy farmers for a long time and I welcome support from the ADF,” Mrs Sudmalis said.
“Last week I attended a local dairy industry meeting and there is a groundswell of support from our local farmers to see change in the industry so that they get a better deal.”
The ADF stressed that a future mandatory code must:
- include an independent dispute resolution procedure, with small claims to be investigated;
- outlaw retrospective milk price step downs;
- enforce contract and price transparency; and
- be reviewed within three years, including an assessment of the code’s effectiveness.
“Our farmers deserve better bargaining power, along with better pay for their milk.”
“Minister Littleproud has worked with Woolworths and they are prepared to support Aussie dairy farmers by paying them an additional ten cents on each litre of milk. Backing by the ADF is showing even more support from across the sector and it’s helping our fight.”
The ACCC report stated the farmers were at a disadvantage because processors had greater access to market information.
“I will continue to work closely with my dairy farmers so they get a better deal.” Said Mrs Sudmalis.It is understood that a proposed mandatory code will be drafted and presented to Cabinet.