DFMC Chair Andrew Burnett represented members at a roundtable meeting of dairy leaders held in Brisbane on 8 October.

Participants at the dairy roundtable meeting, 8 October 2018 (Photo: Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Facebook page).

Hosted by Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, the roundtable sought to gather industry input on the ACCC dairy inquiry report and the proposed mandatory code of conduct.

All the major processors, including Lion Dairy & Drinks, and major retailers were present as was Senator Kim Carr Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and Queensland Senator Chris Ketter, Chair of the Economics References Committee.

“It’s important for DFMC to work with both sides of politics in a bipartisan manner,” said Andrew. “We wanted to be present at the roundtable to ensure our farmers were represented and their perspective shared.

“The main messages I communicated were the value of collective bargaining groups – such as DFMC – but that collective bargaining groups alone were not enough.

“The current market limits the capacity of farmers to pass their production costs fairly and reasonably up the supply chain, leaving otherwise viable, efficient and productive farmers in a challenging business situation.”

DMFC hopes to continue conversations with politicians interested in supporting the long-term viability and sustainability of Australia’s dairy industry.