Misha Schubert has an excellent piece on the milk price tensions within the Coalition.
Such spillovers give the public a glimpse of the simmering tensions over milk prices within the Coalition, between those by instinct populist and protectionist and others just as devoted to the pursuit of competition and the free market. It’s hardly a new fight, dating back well beyond the modern Coalition. Yet now it’s being waged by a new generation, and those on the protectionist side of the debate appear more emboldened to press their case publicly than in the recent past. The free marketeers would dearly love to respond in kind, but have been ordered by the Opposition Leader’s office not to engage. As one Nationals senator puts it: ”There are a number of Libs shitty as all hell that the Nats get to say what we want, and they can’t.”
The free-marketers include Kelly O’Dwyer and Scott Ryan (from Victoria), Jamie Briggs (from South Australia), and David Bushby (from Tasmania).
(HT: James on Twitter)