PUT OUR AUSTRALIAN DAIRY FARMERS FIRST
Farmer Power has been campaigning hard to help bring about real change for our Australian Dairy Farmers.
The Liberal/National Party implemented an enquiry into Australian Dairy Industry because they could see it was in trouble.
The ACCC has now delivered on that report with a major recommendation for the introduction of a Mandatory Code of Conduct.
This is the first step as we see it in helping turn around the fortunes of our Australian Dairy Farmers, there are many other issues that still need addressing but getting this Mandatory Code of conduct in place will help return some hope to dairy farmers as well as boost to their moral.
So, what are the benefits of such a code and how will it help Dairy Farmers???
The two main points under the Mandatory Code are the Transparency and Fairness that would come into effect between the Processor and the Farmer
The Mandatory code of Conduct would address the following
- The obligation on processors to give timely and transparent information to farmers about the terms on which they propose to acquire milk from farmers.
- Requirements that make it easier for farmers to switch processors
- Requirements addressing processors’ ability to change key trading terms
- Retrospective step-downs: prohibition of terms in milk supply agreements that allow retrospective step-downs.
- Other step-downs: prescription of circumstances in which step-downs more generally are appropriate or inappropriate.
- Unilateral variation: prohibition or limitation on the unilateral variation of agreement terms by processors without the consent of a farmer.
- Dispute resolution process should require that contracts contain an effective independent dispute resolution process for disputes arising between processors and farmers.
- Good faith requirement should explicitly require processors and farmers to act in good faith during negotiations, performance of the contract, dispute resolution and the ending of an agreement.
How can you help?
If you support our Dairy Farmers, this is how you can help.
Firstly, you can help spread the word, and attend the events from the 21st to the 25th of July in support of our Australian Dairy Farmers and join Sam and us in helping raise the awareness
Secondly, you as an Individual can have an important part to play, in helping fix our Dairy Industry
If you support our Australian Dairy Farmers, if you wish to see our Dairy Farmers, “Get a Fair go.” As well as a Fair Days pay for a Fair Days work.
Then we would ask, that you, your family, friends and acquaintances consider the following:
Show your support for our Dairy Farmers by sending a respectful email to our politicians showing your support for the Introduction of the Mandatory code of Conduct for the Dairy Industry.
When addressing your email make it out to:
To the Hon ……… Minister for……. or Senator The Hon…………. Both Senators and Ministers are addressed as Ministers
Be creative use your own words it has more impact a template however is available for your reference don’t forget to sign and provide your address
As an Australian I have real concerns for our Australian Dairy Farmers
Our Dairy Farmers need your help. I have been made aware what the ACCC report into the Australian Dairy Industry and its recommendations
Transparency and fairness sound like something that has been missing in our Dairy Industry for quite some time now.
My family and myself support the call for the Introduction of a Mandatory Code of conduct in the Dairy Industry
We hope that you will listen to us and the many other Australians and their Families who want to see our Dairy Farmers survive
So please bring about this change for the sake of our Australian Dairy Farmers and implement the ACCC findings now or alternatively help to expediate the process on their behalf
Suggested Email address see link to Farmer Power web page to obtain actual email addresses, just copy and paste: Also mail your Local Federal member and let them know how you feel.
Federal Cabinet Ministry
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Leader of The Nationals
Minister for Rural Health Minister for Sport Minister for Regional Communications,
(Deputy Leader of The Nationals)
Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Minister for Health
Minister for Finance, Special Minister of State, Vice-President of the Executive Council
(Leader of the Government in the Senate)
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
Minister for Education and Training, (Manager of Government Business in the Senate)
Minister for Social Services
Minister for the Environment and Energy
Leader of the Opposition
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Small Business
Shadow Minister for Environment and Water, Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia
Shadow Minister for the Arts, Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Shadow Minister for Tourism
Minister for Health
Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy
Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Australia
Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health
Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment
Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services
Shadow Minister for Finance
Bernardi, Senator Cory
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