“This is another blow that is unexpected Rockhampton therefore the Central Queensland dairy industry,” Ms Hanson stated.
“The south part of Rockhampton has seen a few of its biggest companies abandoned and left to rot, and unfortunately your decision by Lactalis to destroy off 47 jobs will discover another building left empty and a business and its particular employees on its knees.”
“While Lactalis claims it’ll foot the balance for farmers to move their milk to your Sunshine Coast or Brisbane, we can’t note that offer enduring a long time.”
“This is the identical company that is overseas-owned won a Queensland local government agreement to provide hospitals through the state, yet they’re ripping the guts away from local metropolitan areas like Rockhampton.”
“Lactalis was accused this past year when trying to rush Australian farmers to signal milk supply agreements that payed them not as much as the price of production, into the hope of circumventing the Australian Government’s Mandatory Dairy Code of Conduct that came into force on January 1.”
“Lactalis has to look into a mirror and get: can you truthfully state you’ve got compensated the dairy farmers a price that is fair their milk or will you be an element of the reason for the destruction associated with the dairy industry?”
“It can also be well well worth noting that Lactalis obtained $6.4 billion in Australia from 2013-2017, and paid simply $43 million in income tax, add up to simply 0.67per cent income tax.”
“Queensland farmers are tough, nevertheless the dairy industry happens to be slaughtered because of the inaction for the Liberal and National Party whom supported the deregulation associated with the industry and continue steadily to enable supermarkets to get milk from our farmers for under production price to feed supermarkets obsession with inexpensive $1 milk.”
“Queensland went from 1500 dairy farmers up to a record minimum of 303 additionally the nation continues to lose a dairy farmer per week. It is not adequate enough.”
LNP Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett additionally condemned your decision associated with the “French-owned food giant Lactalis” about the closing of the Rockhampton factory in addition to choice to “scale straight straight back manufacturing at its South Brisbane site”.
“Lactalis is the foreign-owned business that had been granted an agreement site to produce Queensland wellness hospitals over Maleny Dairies,” Mr Perrett stated.
“The international business that the Palaszczuk Labor Government backed more than a Queensland-owned business is now cutting and running out of this state.
“Lactalis is placing the gains of the international owners ahead regarding the jobs of Queensland employees and dairy farmers.
“This is massive blow to Queensland’s dairy industry and means more milk and dairy food off their states and offshore are going to be offered inside our state.
“It’s a massive blow to the credibility of Labor’s purchase Queensland policy too.
“This early morning the LNP tabled a movement in Parliament demanding that Labor review its choice to snub Maleny Dairies over Lactalis and award at least the main agreement to a Queensland-owned business.
“It has become more essential than ever than work reviews this contract that is flawed and right straight right back a Queensland-owned company that backs local jobs.”
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