World Milk Day is not only a celebration of milk, but a celebration of the hardworking Aussie dairy communities. Dairy farming families take pride in feeding and nourishing our country. Australia’s dairy farmers have been proudly producing the dairy foods we love every day for almost 200 years.
The reason I initiated National Agriculture & Related Industries Day last year was to try to bring about a greater understanding of the difficulties and hard‐work of those who do work on the land, in the outback, or on our oceans, and the need to get government burdens, cost, tape and taxes down, to help our high cost country continue to be able to be internationally cost competitive, so our critical ability to export isn’t jeopardised. Cutting the government cost burden, that big slab of expensive unproductive fat ‐ so that those in the country and our small to medium enterprises, many of whom supply our agricultural industry, pay less for ever rising licence fees, and for tax, is what’s most needed, not unreliable loans that need to be paid back with interest. And certainly not advice from city bureaucrats, who’ve never had to manage a station, farm, fishing or pearl boat, or anything else successfully in our agricultural industry.