The Palaszczuk Government and LNP have united to put politics above people and voted down KAP’s Fair Milk Price Logo bill because it wasn’t their idea.
The government’s hypocrisy is so rank, Labor’s Bill Byrne said in his speech before voting the bill down: “$550,000 will be provided to the Queensland Dairy Organisation to design and implement a pilot fair milk logo scheme”. This is exactly what KAP’s Bill would have achieved.
KAP’s Shane Knuth warned people not to be fooled by this Government stunt. “This is a disgusting slap in the face by the government,” Shane said.
“They pretend they are heroes, but all they have done is announce they will spend three years developing a scheme that we could have had implemented tonight. By then it will be too little too late.”
“It’s a sick joke. Based on the current rate of dairy farmers going under, another 210 farmers will have to walk off their properties by the time the government’s pilot comes to fruition,” Shane said.
KAP’s Sustainable Queensland Dairy Production (Fair Milk Price Logos) Bill 2016 would have created a voluntary scheme where milk processors could put a logo on milk bottles if they had paid the farmer a fair price for that milk.
“When people go to the shop to buy milk, most of them want to buy milk that farmers have been paid a fair price for, and they are happy to pay a bit extra for that. But there is no way for them to know which milk that is. We could have changed that tonight. It would have given consumers the power to support dairy farmers, and gone a long way to saving our rapidly dying dairy industry. But no. The government and LNP won’t support anything that isn’t their idea. I will tell you right now, dairy farmers do not care whose idea this is. They just need change, and they need it now, not in three years,” Shane said.
KAP’s Robbie Katter said he was appalled that the major parties would so blatantly turn their backs on Queensland’s dairy farmers.
“We put this bill up to create immediate, and long term, change for an industry on its knees,” Robbie said. “The government has thrown some money at this but that money won’t go far, and what this issue needs is for us to do our jobs and develop policy to create positive change.”
“The major parties can’t expect to keep selling out regional Queensland and people not notice,” Robbie said.
In the year 2000, Queensland had 1500 dairy farmers, there are now just 430.