Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Questions without Notice
Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. In February this year, the then Minister for Manufacturing and Minister for Defence Materiel, Senator Kim Carr, stated that he had genuine concerns about the way in which our supermarket chains were treating our local suppliers. Senator Carr said:
I continue to receive complaints from manufacturers about the way in which contract negotiations are conducted and contract terms are applied. There are many ways in which these problems could be fixed, but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind of the consequences of doing nothing.
With this in mind, what actions has the federal government taken about the serious concerns raised by Senator Kim Carr?