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Parliament scraps imported milk as Ben Fordham reveals hypocrisy

Milk served in state parliament is imported from Victoria, but that won’t be the case any longer.

Just last week, Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair encouraged listeners to support local farmers with their wallet, but admitted state parliament uses milk from across the border.

But Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly Shelley Hancock says that’s no longer the case after Ben Fordham brought it to her attention.

From next week, all milk served in state parliament will be from New South Wales.

“We’ve got to make sure where we can, and as often as we can, we source our products from New South Wales,” she tells Ben.

Ms Hancock says there’s “no excuse to source things from other states”.

“I don’t want that as a stain at the moment in the middle of a drought… we should not be doing anything but sourcing our products, where we can, from New South Wales.”

Click PLAY below for the full interview with Speaker Shelley Hancock

The milk contract, once held by a Victorian supplier, will now go to Riverina Fresh.

CEO of Riverina Fresh Robert Collier heard Ben’s chat with Ms Hancock and called in to clear up some questions.

He says most of their milk comes from farms around Wagga Wagga and their company “very pleased” with the result.

Click PLAY below to hear from Robert Collier