Australia slams US dairy export subsidy


At the time of the EU decision, the federal government protested strongly against the move, arguing it would invite retaliatory action by other nations.

“Now, both the EU and US are using export subsidies and setting a poor example for the rest of the world.

“We strongly reaffirm the need for the US and the EU to show better leadership.”

Last month the government wrote to the US administration, urging them not to take this course of action.

Since then Australia’s formal objection to the move has been registered “at senior levels with the US administration” through the embassy in Washington, DC.

The government says it is seeking urgent meetings between with the US and other non-subsidising dairy exporters to help minimise the impact on Australia’s dairy export markets.

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