Country News

Milk levy gains traction

By Alana Christensen

Milk could temporarily cost an extra 10 cents a litre to help drought-hit dairy farmers, after an online petition jolted the federal government into action.

More than 25 000 people have signed a week-old petition set up by the Queensland Dairyfarmers' Organisation, which calls on Australians to shell out the levy which would go directly to farmers in drought.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison doesn't want to push up costs for households, but says Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud will take the proposal to cabinet.

"I don't want to see people paying any more for milk and I don't want to see dairy farmers getting ripped off," Mr Morrison told reporters in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Mr Littleproud is working with retailers and dairy processors to get backing for the idea, after Woolworths gave it qualified support.

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