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Minister Ramps Up Dairy Attack on Coles

09 December 2019

AUSTRALIA - Drought Minister David Littleproud has doubled down on his scathing criticism of Coles, accusing the supermarket giant of greed.

Coles last week agreed to pay dairy cooperative Norco $5.25 million after the consumer watchdog accused the company of not fully passing on a 10-cent drought levy on milk to farmers.

Mr Littleproud wants shoppers to boycott the grocery giant until it puts a 20-cent drought levy on all dairy products.

But he doesn't believe the call to abandon Coles would come under scrutiny if Scott Morrison makes good on his threat to crack down on secondary boycotts.

"I think that's a bit of a long bow around secondary boycotts," he told AAP on Monday.

"I am saying to the Australian public they have an opportunity to vote with their wallet and their feet on where they can actually put pressure on an industry to get meaningful change."

The prime minister has flagged reforms to protect companies from environmentalist boycotts over carbon emissions, but the scope of potential changes remain unclear.

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Source: 9News

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