Hartsuyker crying over cheap milk

LOCAL Federal politician Luke Hartsuyker has again called on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to investigate the milk price wars.

On Monday, Mr Hartsuyker supported a Coalition motion in Parliament for an ACCC investigation and questioned the motives of the Coles supermarket chain which started selling milk at $1 a litre in January.

“This is an issue about sustainability of the dairy industry and indeed the future of thousands of Australian dairy farmers,” Mr Hartsuyker said in Parliament.

“It is also an issue about the integrity of Australia’s competition policy principles and – more specifically – the action by Coles to increase their market share through aggressive discounting of milk.”

Mr Hartsuyker said he was prompted to speak out after meeting with Coffs Coast dairy farmers.

“All these farmers expressed genuine concern that as a result of the price wars branded dairy products will be forced from supermarket shelves and in the end those products will be lost forever,” he said.

“The farmers also believe it is inevitable that the supermarkets will place further pressure on milk processors to cut their prices and processors will have no choice but to reduce the farm gate price paid to farmers.”

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