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Supermarkets Profit From Milk Levy

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Member for Gympie and Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett

September 9, 2019

A Parliamentary motion passed last week is a signal to supermarkets and milk processors that dairy farmers should be paid more for their milk.

Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett said the LNP was proud to support and vote for the motion, which called on supermarket chains to pass on the extra 10c a litre they have been collecting since earlier this year.

Mr Perrett said the motion called out Coles, Woolworths and Aldi for deceiving customers and damaging Queensland’s dairy industry.

“It is simply unacceptable that supermarkets have failed to pass on to processors and farmers the extra 10c a litre they started collecting at the checkout,” Mr Perrett said.

“Clearly, supermarket giants are milking our dairy farmers by refusing to pass on the extra revenue.”

The motion called on the supermarkets to pass on the additional 10c a litre price increase.

The increase is estimated to be delivering an extra $100 million profit straight to the supermarkets, while giving little to farmers.

“It’s time for these supermarket bosses to stop hiding behind their spin doctors and start paying our farmers properly for their milk,” Mr Perrett said.

“If we want to save our Queensland dairy industry, supermarkets must pass on the extra money.

“Customers have made their voice heard – they want Queensland milk and they want the supermarkets to start paying farmers what they deserve.”

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