Senate debates

Monday, 2 December 2019

Questions without Notice

Murray-Darling Basin

2:35 pm

Photo of Bridget McKenzieBridget McKenzie (Victoria, National Party, Minister for Agriculture) Share this | Hansard source

Thank you very much, Mr President. It is our side of politics, myself included, that backs accessing more markets for our farmers, who export 70 per cent of what they grow. One in five Australians owes their job to our status as a trading nation, so we back free trade rather than close ourselves off to markets of the world. We are the side of politics that put $22 million on the table at the election to support Australian dairy farmers, not just through a mandatory code of conduct to ensure that the very unique and challenged dairy industry regions in this country come together and support a mandatory code of conduct to stop the egregious behaviour of milk processors against farmers— (Time expired)

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