One Nation hopeful backs supermarket inquiry

Zach RelphCountryman
One Nation Senator Peter Georgiou, pictured with party leader Pauline Hanson, is calling for a royal commission into supermarkets’ “exploitation of farmers”.
Camera IconOne Nation Senator Peter Georgiou, pictured with party leader Pauline Hanson, is calling for a royal commission into supermarkets’ “exploitation of farmers”. Credit: Simon Santi

Pauline Hanson’s top man in WA has backed the State’s egg producers in demands for a royal commission into the giant supermarkets’ “exploitation of farmers”.

One Nation Senator Peter Georgiou, the party’s No.1 pick for the Senate, is amplifying Forrestdale egg farmer Joe Sacca’s calls for a formal public inquiry into supermarkets dealings with producers.

Speaking at WAFarmers’ sundowner earlier this month, Mr Georgiou said a probe into Coles, Woolworths and Aldi’s pricing war was needed to ensure producers were not undercut by major retailers.

“I am proud to announce for the very first time, if re-elected, I will push for a royal commission into the exploitation of farmers by the big supermarkets chains,” he said.

“Too many of our farmers have been bullied by the supermarkets for too long.

“Their day of reckoning is not far away and you will have your justice.”

It comes after Mr Sacca claimed in February that the supermarket majors were forcing egg prices to unsustainable lows.

Egg producer Joe Sacca at his Forrestdale facility.
Camera IconEgg producer Joe Sacca at his Forrestdale facility. Credit: Sharon Smith

The egg farmer warned the industry was a “forgotten” agricultural branch and called for one of the supermarkets to force a pricing change benefiting egg producers.

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