The Coalition Government has confirmed its commitment to introduce a mandatory Code of Conduct to apply to growers, millers and marketers in the sugar industry
The Queensland Labor Government’s threats to repeal that state’s Sugar Industry (Real Choice in Marketing) Amendment Bill 2015 make it increasingly important to have an overarching Commonwealth Code of Conduct to provide certainty to the industry
The draft Code of Conduct will ensure grower choice in marketing and that all parties have access to arbitration and mediation.
The Member for Capricornia has advocated on behalf of sugar cane growers in Sarina and surrounds, part of the Capricornia electorate, to ensure a swift resolution in time for the June crush.
Landry backs sweet deal for sugar cane industry
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry today backed the Coalition Government commitment to introduce a mandatory Code of Conduct applicable to growers, millers and marketers in the sugar industry.
Ms Landry said that the draft Code of Conduct will safeguard grower choice in marketing and ensure that all parties have access to arbitration and mediation.
“It will provide certainty for the industry and assist in the prevention of future disputes,” Ms Landry said.
“Ultimately we want our farmers to be able to dedicate their time to growing the cane that generates up to $2 billion in export earnings for Australia.
“The ongoing stalemate has taken time away from their farming operations and time away from their families,” Ms Landry said.
Last month the Deputy Prime Minister travelled to north Queensland where he met and spoke with an estimated 1000 cane farmers about the industry impasse, while discussions between millers and marketers in Canberra with Treasurer Scott Morrison resulted in a commercial agreement being reached that is compliant with current Queensland legislation
“I would like to thank the Deputy Prime Minister for visiting the region and having direct dialogue with the growers.
“The Nationals have and always will advocate on behalf of the agricultural industry including the cane growers of Capricornia,” Ms Landry said.
To guarantee a grower’s choice in marketer;
Pre-contract arbitration between the grower and miller; and
Pre-contract arbitration between the miller and marketer
The Code will be made under section 51AE the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
The Sarina region produces approximately 1.76 million tonnes of cane per year with over 160 growers and 1 mill at Plane Creek.