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Bill to add fair price label to milk

AAP logoAAP 13/10/2016 Stuart Layt

Queensland consumers could soon be able to check their bottle of milk to see if the farmer who produced it was paid a fair price.

Katter's Australian Party MP Shane Knuth has tabled a private members bill in state parliament which would set up a series of region-specific labels to indicate a fair price has been paid.

Mr Knuth says the scheme will make it simple for consumers to support farmers by buying milk which has been paid for at a reasonable rate.

"This will make it very simple for the consumer," he said.

"They can walk into the shop and immediately see which fresh milk produced in which region is fairly priced by looking at the logo."

The labelling scheme would be voluntary, but Mr Knuth says he believes people power will see a "domino effect" to get big supermarket chains on board.

"The consumers have spoken already, that they want to look after our dairy industry," he said.

Mr Knuth submitted a similar bill to parliament in 2013 under the previous Liberal National Party government, but it was defeated.

He believed public and political sentiment now appeared to be on the side of the farmers.

"Back in 2000 there were 1500 dairy farmers, right at this present moment there is 430," he said.

"It's an average of one dairy farmer a week that is leaving the industry."

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