October President’s Message

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015 - Category: In the News

After months of debate and uncertainty, on 21 October 2015 Federal Government and opposition committed to passing the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) before the end of the year. As an industry, dairy is pleased that both sides of politics have recognised the opportunities ChAFTA will provide Australia's dairy industry.We welcome this collaborative, bipartisan approach to ensure clear passage of the agreement and entry into force as soon as possible.

The Australian dairy industry is particularly well-placed to take advantage of the enormous opportunities that will flow from our historic trade deal with China. The tariff cuts that the ChAFTA delivers once it enters into force will enhance the competitive position of Australian dairy. This is good for growth, for jobs, for the economy and a boom for our export market.

The dairy industry, led by the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC), has fought hard for ChAFTA implementation. We have lobbied Parliament, and explained to the media that if the ChAFTA is ratified this year, the dairy industry will see a growth in job creation across the value chain, both on farm and in processing plants. It will also see further growth in confidence to invest in productivity. ADF expects that around 600-700 jobs will be created within the first year of ratification. The flow-on effects of this growth will undoubtedly benefit the rural and regional communities where dairy plays an important role.

The message has clearly been received, acknowledged and acted upon. I wish to thank all of you who have taken up this fight to ensure the ChAFTA is ratified as quickly as possible. This deal is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to grow our businesses and our communities. On behalf of our industry, I look forward to the swift passage of the enabling legislation through Parliament so that dairy can take advantage of the financial benefits and see the whole value chain continue to grow sustainably and profitably over time.

Noel Campbell
ADF President


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