House debates

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Bills

Farm Household Support Amendment (Relief Measures) Bill (No. 1) 2019; Second Reading

11:33 am

Photo of Joel FitzgibbonJoel Fitzgibbon (Hunter, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources) Share this | Hansard source

I will support Senator Hanson, on any matter that helps our dairy farmers—in contrast to those who sit opposite. They have done nothing for them. When we put forward a reasonable proposition, to have the ACCC investigate the establishment of a minimum farm-gate milk price, do you know what those on the other side said? It was a cruel hoax imposed on our dairy farming families.

Mr Littleproud interjecting

Well, Minister, let me tell you: that's not what they're saying now. In fact, they are screaming at you, and you should start listening. I know some of you are listening, because you had a bit of a stoush in the Nationals party room this week, and I know you're part of what I call the northern Nats, at war with the southern Nats. We stand with the northern Nats. If the northern Nats are prepared to do something for our dairy farmers, we will be there with them.

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