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LNP/ALP nexus milking Australia dry for their Chinese masters

KAP Leader, Robbie Katter said it’s quite clear major businesses and government are closely aligned with China, after the ACCC cleared the way for China Mengniu Dairy to takeover Lion’s dairy and drinks portfolio.

“Unlike Australia, China’s government looks after the Chinese people first and foremost,” he said.

“It’s no secret that they have an insatiable appetite for our goods and industry and when it comes to their interests compared to ours, of course we will lose.

Robbie Katter slams the LNP and ALP for selling off remaining dairy industry assets to a Chinese government company.

“Governments have proven time and again that they are less than willing to correct that imbalance.”

The State Member for Traeger said it was a bad outcome for the nation’s dairy farmers.

“While foreign investment is nothing new to the dairy industry, it still remains a characteristic of the government culture in Australia,” he said.

Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter said he was sick of the blood sucking Sydney suits selling their country out.

“They get their 30 pieces of sliver for selling their country but I am certain they will rot in Hell,” Mr Katter said.

“The government is a joke. It’s not a government. It doesn’t bear any resemblance to a government.

“They are not reflecting the will of the people. The only will Australia’s governments reflect is the one they see in the mirror.”

Mr Katter said he was taking his fight against the foreign takeover of Australia to the Parliament; just last week he introduced the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment (Strategic Assets) Bill 2020.

No more foreign acquisitions, taking our fresh milk is the final straw: Katter

Federal Member Bob Katter has taken his fight to protect Australia from foreign corporations to the floor of the Federal Parliament.

The Katter’s Australian Party Member introduced a Bill today to protect Australia from the foreign corporate colonisation of rural and regional areas (The Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment (Strategic Assets) Bill 2020) – the second time Mr Katter has introduced the Bill in five years.

Bob Katter Means Business

Maverick MHR Bob Katter says no more foreign ownership as a Chinese company buys the country’s remaining dairy assets. “Soon we will be drinking Chinese powdered milk. All of our fresh milk will have gone into powder for China.Lion Dairy & Drinks, which produces brands such as Dairy Farmers, Masters and Pura milk will be owned by the Chinese Government company,  Mengniu Dairy.

Mr Katter said he didn’t know how other MPs would be able to look at their grandchildren and great grandchildren in the eye and tell them that they sold off their nation.

“On behalf of the Australian people we say no more foreign ownership,” Mr Katter said.

“Around 30 per cent of the people I meet tell me they are shocked and horrified that the Government is selling Australia off and out.”

The Bill states a foreign person cannot acquire a 10 per cent or greater interest in Australian land, water, or other assets that are of strategic economic or defence significance.

“A two thirds majority in both houses of parliament must approve foreign acquisitions, and the acquisition will be for no more than 45 percent of the asset,” Mr Katter said.

13.4 per cent of Australia’s agricultural land is foreign owned according to the ATO’s latest statistics from July 2018.

And foreign agricultural ownership is as high as 25 per cent in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Similarly with Australia’s water assets, the ATO data shows 10.4 per cent is owned by foreign interests.

“The Ord stage two and stage three were given completely to China, despite more than 30 Australians applying for the water,” Mr Katter said.

“Our most strategic northern deep water Port in Darwin was effectively sold off as well.

“It was also the most strategic Port for the Americans in the South Pacific. Is there anything this Government won’t sell?”

The Bill also calls for the establishment of a Foreign Ownership Assessment Board (FOAB) to determine whether an asset is of strategic economic or defence importance.

Mr Katter said the board would be chosen by a majority of the Senate of Australia and any determination of the FOAB would be reviewable by an appeals tribunal.

 

Dairy Australia Chairman admits that wife is on the board of Murray Goulburn

Conflict of Interest

Australia’s dairy industry is spiraling to oblivion as farmers battle producers for fair milk prices. Believing their primary voice, Dairy Australia quoting, “projecting the national services body for dairy farmers and the industry to help farmers adapt to a changing operating environment, and achieve a profitable, sustainable dairy industry”, are but a toothless tiger.

With dairy farmers struggling to make a sustainable living, are casting serious doubt upon this so called arm of dairy farmers to tackle monopoly puppet masters from Australia’s largest dairy industry milk producers “Murray Goulburn Co-operate Co Limited”, retailing “Devondale”, dictating pricing their way or take to the highway.

Inquiries by Senator Jaquie Lambie reveal that Chairman of Dairy Australia and a Director of Murray Goulburn Co-operate Co Limited are married and operate a 700 cow dairy in Victoria.

natalie-akers-murray-goulburn-dairyNatalie Akers was elected to the Board of Murray Goulburn in 2011. She is a member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee and Supplier Relations Committee. Natalie is a dairy farmer, milking 700 cows at Tallygaroopna, in northern Victoria. She has a Bachelor of Public Policy and Management with Honours, a Bachelor of Arts and has completed the Fairley Leadership Program. Natalie has pursued a professional career in agriculture, including water policy and dairy research and development. Natalie is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

geoff-akers-dairy-australiaChairman of Dairy Australia Mr Geoff Akers is a dairy farmer from Tallygaroopna in Northern Victoria. He has extensive experience in dairy research, development and extension. He worked for Victoria’s then Department of Agriculture (Target 10 and Operation Mid Lactation) and at the Kyabram Research Institute. He spent four of six years on the Murray Dairy Board as Chairperson and two years on the National Dairy Alliance Board. He has also served as a Director of Australian Dairy Farmers Board, a Central Councillor of the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria and is a former Chair of the Victorian Farmers Federation Water Council. He is also a former Director of the Northern Victorian Irrigation Renewal Project

 

Jaquie Lambie’s newsletter published …

jacqui-lambieDuring Senate Estimates, I raised conflict-of-interest concerns with the chair of Dairy Australia, Mr Geoff Akers, who admitted that his wife was on the board of Australia’s largest dairy manufacturer Murray Goulburn.

Normally I wouldn’t inquire about the personal lives of any person in organisations that receive taxpayer funds, but given hundreds of Tasmanian dairy families are facing ruin because of the way the Australian dairy industry has been managed – I stand by my questioning of Mr Akers during Estimates Hearings.

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners state that, “conflict-of-interest is a gateway to corruption”, and given the dangerous mess that our Dairy industry is in – farmers right now must be given a guarantee that their representatives, running Dairy Australia are acting solely in farmers’ best interests
– not the interests of other parties.

It’s important for all Australians to establish if Dairy Australia is a truly independent body, given the taxpayer contributes tens of million to its operations every year.

No fresh milk by 2028? New bill for fair price to farmers

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A new logo would be put on milk bottles to help consumers identify if it is sourced from a farmer who was paid a fair price, under proposed laws by Katter’s Australian Party.

Shane Knuth said the bill, which will need the support of one of the major parties and crossbenchers, establishes the eligibility criteria and legal protection for the voluntary system.

“Queensland dairy farmers are in a crippling financial crisis,” he said.

“The deterioration climate of the dairy industry is making it crucial to pass legislation that will help keep dairy farmers afloat.

“The fair milk price logo informs consumers where the milk is produced, that farmers were paid a sustainable price for the cost of a litre of milk, and that it’s Queensland’s fresh milk.”

‘No fresh milk by 2028’

Mr Knuth said an average of 50 farmers left the industry each year, going from 1500 to just 430 in 15 years.

If the trend continued there would be no fresh milk produced in the state by 2028, he said.

“Deregulation, natural disasters, and the dollar-a-litre supermarket price wars and unsustainable farm gate prices have slashed the number of Queensland dairy farmers.”

The bill now goes to the Agriculture and Environment Committee for consideration before it is debated by the Parliament.

It is unclear if the KAP bill would be passed, with the government and opposition coy on their intentions.

A government spokesman said Minister Leanne Donaldson would assess the merits of the bill after it was considered by a parliamentary committee.

Opposition’s agriculture spokesman Dale Last said the LNP had a strong record of supporting Queensland farmers.

“We’ll be keen to take a closer look at this legislation as it’s considered by the Parliamentary Committee,” he said.

-ABC – http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2016/10/13/new-bill-fair-price-farmers/

Another win over imported milk supplies for KAP Member Shane Knuth

KNUTH SOUR OVER IMPORTED MILK

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Shane Knuth

A nearsighted state government switch to use imported milk at the Lotus Glen Prison has left KAP Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth fuming.

Mr Knuth said he was recently informed the corrections facility, located in Queensland’s dairy country is providing imported UHT Milk from NZ for consumption rather than fresh milk.

Incredibly in 2012 the Government had auctioned off a self-run dairy belonging to the facility which provided over 1000 L of fresh milk a day.

The dairy was also used by the corrections centre as a training facility for the agricultural industry.

“Just three years ago Lotus Glen had the ability to produce its own milk, now the government can’t even source locally produced, branded Dairy Farmers milk,” Mr Knuth said.

“If our own government won’t invest in Queensland how can we expect business and consumers to? ”

Since the imports have been confirmed Mr Knuth’s office has been in contact with the Premier and the Agriculture Minister, waiting on a response.

“ My electorate is in one the best milk producing areas of Queensland, this is lunacy,” Mr Knuth said.

“Buying in UHT milk from overseas in the name of cost cutting will hurt our regions in the long run.

“Rest assured that I will bash on the doors of the government until this decision is reversed and demand that locally produced milk is the milk of choice,” he said.

My electorate at Athertonis in one the best milk producing areas of QUEENSLAND – I’ve received advice that a state government department is buying in UHT milk from oversea…s because it’s cheaper and cost saving – Rest assured that I will bash on the doors of the government until this decision is reversed and demand that locally produced milk is the milk of choice.

Within hours of this media release hitting the airwaves, State Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne contacted the Lotus Glen Prison near Mareeba, telling the manager to stop buying NZ milk and buy local milk.