Q+A 5 August 2011

August 5th, 2011 at 1:47 pm by Kokila Patel

This week on Q+A, the price of milk, the high dollar and the future of emissions trading.

As milk price rises and calls for action grow louder, Guyon Espiner speaks with the two decision-makers at the heart of the issue – Fonterra Chief executive Andrew Ferrier and the Agriculture Minister David Carter. Why has the price leapt so high in the past three years? Who has the power to act? And what can be done for Kiwi families? Also, with the dollar around post-float highs, how tenuous is life for our exporters and what should the government do to help, if anything? And with Fonterra this week questioning agriculture’s planned inclusion in the Emissions Trading Scheme, is a government u-turn imminent?

And later, millionaire businessman Colin Craig has formed a new party to challenge ACT and National for the right wing vote. What are his ambitions? What does he stand for? And who’s standing with him? He’ll speak with Paul Holmes live in the studio.

Joining Dr Jon Johansson on the panel are NZ Food & Grocery Council CEO and former National MP Katherine Rich and former Labour and Progressive party strategist and columnist John Pagani.

Q+A, 9-10am Sundays on TV ONE.  Repeats at 9.10pm Sundays, 10.10am and 2.10pm Mondays on TVNZ 7       

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13 Responses to “Q+A 5 August 2011”

  1. backster (2,171 comments) says:

    An interview with Lord MOnkton was scheduled but was withdrawn by the broadcaster. TV 3 will now have the interview with Lord Monkton on The Nation. (Leighton Smith)

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  2. thas (61 comments) says:

    @ backster – any explanation given for withdrawal of the Monckton interview? (other than that the ‘science is settled’).

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  3. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    My local dairy is selling 2ltrs milk at $3.50 and says that he is quite happy to trade at that level.

    Price milk shouters should look at Warehouse prices – 2 bread 2 milks = $9.00

    This talk of $6 per 2 litres is media beatup from Fonterra’s “fellow” traders. Anybody paying that wants their heads read.

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  4. seanmaitland (500 comments) says:

    I have been buying Home Brand full cream 2 litre milk for $3.40 all year at Countdown – thats cheap-as

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  5. TTTC (11 comments) says:

    Nice to have Katherine back on the panel. I wish they would dispense with Johansson though.

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  6. backster (2,171 comments) says:

    THAS……….Leighton did say why, but I was multi tasking and didn’t catch it.

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  7. Chuck Bird (4,883 comments) says:

    “@ backster – any explanation given for withdrawal of the Monckton interview?”

    Dear Mr Bird

    Thank you for your email and interest in Q&A. My apologies for not responding earlier.

    Our producers certainly explored the possibility of including Lord Monckton in a debate on climate change for last week’s show, but we later dropped the idea for the segment entirely because they couldn’t find an alternative voice necessary to give balance to the debate and because stronger interview opportunities presented themselves.

    For the latest Q&A news, please visit our website: http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news

    With best regards,
    Georgie Hills
    TVNZ

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  8. thas (61 comments) says:

    @backster and Bird. Thanks. Good to see our Q & A producers are so scrupulously even-handed. Perhaps they will now even up the left-wing Johansen with a conservative “neutral” commentator.

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  9. holysheet (387 comments) says:

    Nothing is worse than someone telling porkies to get a commercial advantage. The price of milk is set by the price received from overseas markets. Fonterra is only one of many resellers in the NZ market. Goodman feilder is another major supplier of milk in NZ

    All this bitching about fonterra charging too much for the milk they have to sell to the competition is just crap. There is nothing stopping these smaller companies from buying their own dairy farms and producing their own milk. That way they can control their own prices, maybe even reduce the price if they want to.
    Craffer farms are still for sale. Any milk supplier in NZ can buy them and really under cut fonterra if they so wish.

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  10. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    yeah – and kids only need a 250ml glass of milk a day. If you can’t afford to feed your eight kids – don’t have them.

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  11. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Well said holysheet, sick to the back teeth of moaning bitching townies complaining about milk prices. Would like to see some of these moaners at 4.30 in morning and them spending the next 10 t0 14 hours chasing and sorting stock, feeding stock, feeding calves and doing the 1000 and 1 jobs that never end. We earn every bloody cent!!!!!!

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  12. Johnboy (16,554 comments) says:

    If the poor bastards can’t afford milk how the fuck can they afford bottled water?

    Time the Greenies got onto the exorbitant cost of bottled water I say! :)

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  13. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Let them eat cake!

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