Australian dairy farmers becoming sour as trade deal with China stalls

Published 18 September 15

Australian dairy farmers have threatened action if its Parliament fails to ratify a free trade agreement with China. As part of the agreement, all tariffs on dairy would be abolished which some commentators say could result in Australian dairy exports to China tripling in the next decade. 
 
However, tensions have been mounting as trade unions are seeking to protect domestic jobs, while the Labour party has announced it intends to block the deal as it stands. According to Comtrade, during 2014 China imported US$321 million worth of dairy products from Australia.