Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Luxton Hails Bright Future For Dairy Industry



Food and Fibre Minister John Luxton today said he was delighted that the Dairy Industry Restructuring Bill as agreed between the dairy industry and the Government had been passed despite opposition from the Labour Party, New Zealand First and the Alliance.

"The Dairy Industry Restructuring Bill provides a clear vision for the future and gives farmers the flexibility to achieve control over their own destiny. This legislation was prompted from a strategic change of direction by the New Zealand dairy industry and now gives New Zealand dairy farmers the critical mass to take the world head-on."

"This Bill provides an enabling structure for farmers to improve their lot by allowing shareholders in the Dairy Board to exercise the normal rights and powers of shareholders in a conventional company. It also allows those shareholders who do not want to participate, to withdraw the fair value of their investment and to move away from the single-seller concept of the past."

"For the dairy industry to compete long term in a globalising world, it needs to change direction. Recognising that requires leadership and vision and I commend the leadership of the New Zealand Dairy Board for their hard work and foresight."

"Sadly the same cannot be said about the opposition who would rather hark back to the restrictive legislation of the1930's and prevent farmers from taking control of their own industry. While the opposition would like it if time stood still, that is certainly not an option for the dairy industry."

They opposed the legislation and proposed many amendments including one requiring dairy company shareholders to pay compensation to Maori landowners for the dairy industry charges proposed in the Act.

"This legislation provides a clear strategy for the growth for the dairy industry. It will raise the value of farmer wealth and farmer returns over time," Mr Luxton concluded.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>


Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>


Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>





Featured InfoPages