Photo:  Raw Milk Drink-In in front of Jane Garrett's Brunswick offices. 

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Photo:  Madelaine Scott speaks about why we should have access to raw milk.

Photo:  Reg Matthews speak about the how the change will negatively impact him, his family and their business.

Photo:  Reg Matthews being interviewed in front of minister Jane Garrett's office.

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Raw Milk Drink-In at Jane Garrett's office

 

Just before new year, the Victorian government, with Consumer Affairs Minister Jane Garrett, gave directives to prevent the sale of raw milk in Victoria from 1 Jan 2015. Article here.  All bath milk or cosmetic milk products must be either pasteurised or have a gag-inducing agent added that makes it taste bitter, before sale.   

 

Event:

On 31 January 2015, the newly formed Australian Raw Milk Movement held a Raw Milk Drink-in in front of Consumer Affairs Minister, Jane Garrett - Member for Brunswick's offices in Nicholson street, Brunswick East, asking the government to regulate the industry.

More than 150 protesters showed up and stated that they will continue drinking milk in its purist form.

New regulations dictate that from 1 February 2015 a bitter gagging agent be put into all raw milk intended for sale. People face a fine of up to $60 000 if they are selling or providing family members with raw milk for human consumption.  Dairy farmers face loosing their dairy licence if they sold raw milk without the bittering agent.  Only people who own a cow can legally drink its milk.

In this 9 news video, Rebecca Freer says "we want the government to legalise it in all its forms".   Producer Reg Matthews, who is severely impacted by the decision said:  "over 70% of our business will disappear as of midnight tonight". 

This article quoted Rebecca Freer saying:  "The government's approach so far has been a very knee-jerk reaction. I think they're in denial that there's a large subculture of raw milk drinkers, who are well-informed, educated people."

Nutritionist Arabella Forge, who spoke at the event said: "what we're really asking for is a system of regulation that supports safe, raw milk."  "People should have access to this product."  She also said that current food safety laws could be amended to get raw milk on store shelves without compromising food safety in this article.

Listen to interviews with Rebecca Freer, Reg Matthews and others on the Interviews Page or see the Videos page. Raw 'bath' milk had been available in Victoria for around 10 years until this new regulation was passed.



Photo:  A crowd of over 150 in front of Jane Garrett's offices in busy Nicholson street. The police had to manage the crowd and regulate the traffic.

Photo:  Rebecca Freer showing off the t-shirts that's been selling very well

Photo:  Rebecca Freer showing off the t-shirts that's been selling very well

Photo:  Raw milk on shelves of health food stores around Melbourne

Photo:  Raw milk on shelves of health food stores around Melbourne


More photos from the Raw Milk Drink-In event in front of Minister Jane Garrett's office:


 
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