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    Member for Mallee Anne Webster.

Webster backs conduct code

Member for Mallee Anne Webster is confident a mandatory code of conduct being introduced from January 1 next year will improve business operations in the Australian dairy industry.

Dr Webster said the introduction of the code, underpinning contractual arrangements between dairy farmers and processors, would be in place ahead of schedule.

“As the member for Mallee I understand the need for clear safeguards which outline how farmers are treated as members of the supply chain and therefore the need for the code to be in place as soon as possible,” she said.

“Ahead of the code’s formal introduction the dairy industry is on notice to make sure that the contracts offered to farmers are appropriate and fair.”

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The mandatory code is an election promise and is an outcome of the April 2018 Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s report into the dairy sector.

“The dairy industry has had a huge role in developing the code and I look forward to the release of the exposure code later this week,” Dr Webster said.

“Consultation on the code will be open for four weeks and, from January 2020, the industry will be bound by the new code.”

Dr Webster said further information was available on the Department of Agriculture’s online survey site.

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