Tuesday, 24 January 2017 11:55

Corporate watchdog invites dairy farmers to speak

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Mick Keogh Mick Keogh

Australia’s corporate watchdog Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is inviting dairy farmers to share any concerns they may have about competition and fair trading at a series of public forums around the country.

The forums are part of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) public consultation for its 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.

“We are interested in hearing from farmers on a range of topics, including options for selling milk in different regions, the transparency of how farm gate milk prices are calculated, and contracting practices in the industry,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.

“We are attending major dairy production regions in each state. I look forward to meeting farmers and hearing their views. If there are farmers who cannot attend but want to have their say, I’d encourage them to call or email us.”

A summary of the issues discussed at the forums will be published on the ACCC website, however, individuals’ names will not be used.

The forums will be held at Toowoomba, Qld (Feb 6); Taree, NSW (Feb 7); Traralgon, Vic (Feb 14); Warrnambool, Vic (Feb 27); Shepparton, Vic (Feb 28); Bunbury, WA (March 16); Hahndorf, SA (March 20); and, Burnie, Tas (March 22).

Contact details, and further information on the forums and the Dairy Inquiry are available on the ACCC website.

The forums are part of the Inquiry into the competitiveness of prices, trading practices and the supply chain, issued by the Federal Government.

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. The purpose of the forums is for the ACCC to consult with farmers, but other interested parties may attend.

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