Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie is encouraging dairy farmers across the region to attend a public forum being undertaken by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Tuesday 7th February.
“Last year I met with officials of the ACCC to relay a number of issues raised with me by dairy farmers in my electorate and requested they visit our region, and I am delighted they will now be hosting a forum in Taree which is among eight around the country,” Dr Gillespie said.
“As Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has said, this is a chance for dairy farmers to raise their competition and fair trading issues directly with an ACCC Commissioner.”
On 27 October 2016 the Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, issued a notice requiring the ACCC to hold an Inquiry into the competitiveness of prices, trading practices and the supply chain in the Australian dairy industry. The Inquiry commenced on 1 November 2016.
The ACCC’s Inquiry will cover all geographical and major product markets within the Australian dairy industry. Through the inquiry, the ACCC will analyse the industry to identify structural and behavioural issues that affect its performance.
The ACCC must submit its report following the Inquiry to the Treasurer before 1 November 2017.
“We want farmers to participate and help uncover inefficiencies and inequities that they face so we can identify a way forward.
The forums are part of the ACCC’s public consultation for the Dairy Inquiry, which is examining competition between milk processors, contracts between processors and
farmers, global supply markets, and the profitability of dairy farms.
Dairy farmers and others working in the industry are invited to come and share their views on these issues directly with ACCC Commissioners.