It boils down to lazy journalism trading off sensational headlines and ratings against good investigation. We are used to it from the likes of 60 min and A Current Affair who trot out their dodgy builder story or pick on 4wd owners on an annual basis but we expect better from the ABC particulalry when it had the potential to have such significant ramifications.
If these humane groups were fair dinkum than every pet shop in the country would be closed down. Who checks to make sure when I buy gold fish from the pet shop that the tank I intend to put them in is an appropriate size and the water has been prepared appropriately so the fish doesn't die a slow painful death over the following week. No one gives a rats because it isn;t newsworthy but are gold fish less important than cattle or sheep. The duplicity being displayed by animal rights groups is pathetic.
I think this is a very narrow view. The introduction of GST did not result in less consumption of anything so why would it suddenly result in the less consumption of fresh food. If it helps broaden the taxbase it should be supported.
Parmalat has already told dairy farmers in South east Qld that they will drop the purchase price by 15c a litre and if the farmer is not prepared to accept the price they can contract with someone else.
For coles to say they are incurring the cost is a load of rubbish.