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Petition to Queensland Parliament, Queensland Health Minister

Petition the Qld Gov’t to give Qld dairy company, Maleny Dairies, support and a fair go.

"Official statement from Maleny Dairies" Maleny Dairies is a family owned, award winning milk production company, which employs approximately 50 staff members from the local community, purchases milk from 11 local farmers, supports several charity and community groups and is making a strong sustainable footprint to the long term business model of the company. Maleny Dairies has been overlooked for a local tender in favour of Chinese and French owned companies and had Maleny Dairies been awarded the tender, it would have ensured the safe guarding of the local work force employed by the company and that of our dairy farms (which has seen Qld dairy farm numbers drastically drop from 350 in 2018/19 to a shocking 303 in 2020). In this case the tender process appears to have been solely focused on the ability to deliver the cheapest milk regardless the consequences to local employment and industry collapse as cheap UHT low quality milk from Southern states adds to the disruptive tipping point for our local industry and in turn our regional economy, and is surely linked to a hospital cost blowout and cost cutting program.Clarification on several points need to be addressed by the Queensland State Government with regards to the Procurement Policy and putting QUEENSLANDERS FIRST. 1. Maleny Dairies supported Queensland Government’s “Buy Local” initiative all last year, regularly attending Ministers’ media launches. We did not see Lacatalis or Lions at any of these media launches. 2. Maleny Dairies was strongly encouraged to tender for this work even when we communicated we couldn’t compete on price. 3. Maleny Dairies farmers needed that contract and so did we. Local farmers will struggle to stay in business if we can’t get the kind of support that Norco enjoys from their State Government. 4. The Queensland Government has spent last year saying it will support local Queensland owned businesses and Queensland jobs and then gives a milk tender to a Chinese and French owned company. Norco experienced a similar situation when their tender for the local hospitals was denied, as a company they challenged the decision which was later rescinded and Norco won the tender. As well as being awarded $15 million funding for upgrades to the infrastructure by the NSW State Government. Maleny Dairies applied for a $1 million grant for upgrades in factory, which was unsuccessful. It appears to us from a community perspective that the Minister for Health has focused singularly on his problem of cost blowout and cutting budgets and as a consequence has been blindsided by that process to the broader implications both at the community and government policy level. Maleny Dairies is seeking an urgent conversation with the Premier and the Minister for Health to understand if this is the case, and as a result, the tender process can be reviewed. Yours Sincerely Maleny Dairies For further information contact:

Leigh Shaw
41,217 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to David Littleproud, Commonwealth Government, Scott Morrison, David Littleproud

The Murray Darling Basin Plan

The Murray Darling Basin Plan will cost Australian Taxpayers $13 billion. In one hundreds years of record taking there have never been recorded fish kills like the ones we are seeing now. Not only are we seeing fish deaths in the Darling of global significance, but since the 2009 and the introduction of the 2007 Water Act there have been 4 hypoxic blackwater events in the Edward/Wakool system, which spread into the Murray and Murrumbidgee systems killing hundreds of thousands of native fish. Currently poor water management and policy is causing horrific fish deaths along the Darling, it is also causing river bank erosion and slumping in the Murray system due to the unsustainable high flows been pushed through. The flooding of forests along the Murray in order to get water to South Australia in the middle of a drought highlights the flawed assumptions used to model the Murray Darling Basin Plan. The significant flooding has resulted in the deaths of many animals, including natives because flooding has depleted food supplies. Government and large corporations have been complicit in dividing communities and have failed rural communities and family farmers who have the capacity to ensure the environment is sustainably managed for the next generation.  Environment and agricultural policy must go hand in hand, one does not need to be in competition with the other. As a nation we need to respond, the management of our most precious resource is embarrassing, irresponsible and lacks transparency. Please sign and share this petition and encourage others to insist that our national leaders call those responsible for water management to account.   We call on all governments to put politics aside and start governing for the whole Basin by treating rural communities, family farms and the environment with respect and on an equal footing.

Speak Up Campaign
130,375 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Scott Morrison, Michael McCormack

Stop Sco-Mo pledging $$ to the US when farms in Australia are dying.

We have so many rural areas in Australia that are suffering under drought conditions, and have endured massive fires, and yet our Prime Minister has pledged a massive $150mill over 5 years to support America's NASA program. Where is the support for our farmers? The backbone of our existence. Trying to eke out an existence to provide meat, milk, fruit and vegetables for all of us. How many of them, and their children, have to go without what we take for granted just to survive. Water, clothing, sports, school equipment. How would you feel if you could not provide for your children? Then, the animals and the crops. I live in a coastal area, usually lush and green, and had the opportunity to travel to Dubbo in March of this year. Every paddock was brown and dry, there were no crops, just dry, brown dirt paddocks. The animals in the paddocks looked like skeletons. So thin and weak. Cows, horses and sheep resembled a mad Halloween movie. Please sign the petition to our PM and help make him realise that charity begins at home! $30mill per year to support our own farmers, our own communities, is not a stretch if our Government can easily afford it to support a NASA program. If you want to provide that much financial support to another country, while your own country is suffering and dying, maybe you should move there. Mr Scott Morrison, I refrain from even addressing you as our Prime Minister, if you continue to ignore the problems in your own backyard, they will eventually bring YOUR house down. If you agree, and choose to sign the petition, please add your comments about your own story to help drive support for this petition.

Sandra Hancock
16,025 supporters