May 24, 2016
Although Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) supports any individuals right to peaceful demonstration, ADF is not in any way affiliated with ‘milk rallies’ being held to protest against milk price cuts.
We appreciate that the protestors are passionate about the dairy industry and finding solutions to help the dairy crisis.
However, we do not believe that this action is the best way to support our industry or find solutions to the challenges we face.
The industry has gained good traction so far in highlighting our plight to consumers, government and the wider community. State Governments in Victoria,
South Australia and Tasmania have listened to us as industry leaders, and provided policy responses in recent days and weeks. This has included another
significant announcement in Victoria today.
We are concerned that rallies will create confusion and detract from the main issue: the financial and emotional wellbeing of our dairy farmers.
ADF continues to be in discussions with both sides of Federal Government on a support package which can be rolled out across the country to affected dairy
farmers. Our goal is this: to advocate on behalf of farmers to get immediate support and prevent the issue from occurring in future.
A rally won’t provide this.
A 50c levy would not deliver a solution for our industry on a whole as it would mean farmers in non-exporting markets (such as Northern NSW, Queensland
and WA) would be subsidising their south-eastern counterparts.
A levy is not viable or practical solution and further to this we have had indications from both sides of government that they would be unlikely to support it.