The KAP will take action in the fight for Queensland’s dairy farmers by calling for a vote in parliament to introduce a 10 cent a litre milk levy.
State Leader of the KAP and Member for Traeger Robbie Katter says the KAP will move a motion in the next sitting of parliament that calls for the introduction of the levy put forward by the Queensland Dairy Farmers Organisation (QDO).
“We want to see this 10c/litre levy supported by all the major supermarkets so we need to put pressure on them until they get on board,’’ he said.
“The best way to do that is to throw the full weight of the parliament behind it and that requires Labor and the LNP supporting our motion.”
Woolworths previously said it will support the levy if Coles comes on board. Coles have once again shown why major supermarkets have come under criticism from farmers by announcing they will not participate.
“For Coles to come out and reject the proposal after Woolworths has committed, speaks volumes about their level of concern for Australian dairy farmers,’’ Mr Katter said.
“If the Parliament supports the 10c/litre levy that should compel the supermarkets to get on board.”
KAP Member for Hill, Shane Knuth, said there is clearly a public appetite for the levy with almost 100,000 people having signed a petition in support.
However, Mr Knuth cautioned that the LNP and the Labor Party can’t be trusted to support farmers over big corporations.
“Back in the year 2000 we had 1,500 dairy farmers, we now have less than 430 – the sad part about this is not one major party has done a single thing to help our struggling dairy industry,” he said.
“We put a Bill in the last parliament to give dairy farmers a fair price for their milk and both the LNP and Labor voted against it.
“They have a disgraceful record of supporting big business over farmers but we’ll see if they’ve got the spine to stand up to them this time.” Mr Knuth said.