Today, Murray Goulburn has announced that it will close production facilities in Tasmania and Victoria, resulting in the loss of approximately 360 manufacturing jobs.
Labor is dismayed by the news of job losses at Murray Goulburn and our thoughts are with the workers, their families, and communities at this difficult time.
Labor has been calling on the Government and Murray Goulburn to act on the crisis unfolding in our dairy industry for over 12 months.
In May 2016, Labor wrote an open letter to Murray Goulburn, calling on them to invoke their power to return more money to dairy farmers and cooperative members.
Barnaby Joyce refused to back Labor’s call.
The impact of the Government’s neglect is now being felt, with dwindling milk supplies leading to the closure of manufacturing facilities in Edith Creek (Tasmania), Rochester and Kiewa (Victoria).
While parts of today’s announcement may be good news for farmers, it is shocking news for dairy workers in these production facilities.
Labor calls on the Turnbull Government to do all it can to look after the workers affected by these closures.
If the Turnbull Government had acted on the crisis in our dairy industry 12 months ago, as Labor has been calling for, these closures may have been prevented and jobs in these regions could have been saved.