The Queensland government is under fire for awarding large health contracts to foreign owned dairy companies at the expense of locals, which critics say defies the Labor government’s ‘By Queensland’ policy.
Maleny Dairy was one of the companies who failed to win the two year deal to supply Queensland’s largest hospitals, their 19,000 staff, and up to a million patients.
The tender process was won by the French-owned company Pauls who, according to Queensland Agriculture Minister Mark Furner, will source their milk from “141 Queensland dairy farmers”.
Mr Furner said Maleny dairy were not able to “fill the requirements of this process”.
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