Stop the toasters

Terry Mills writes: Re. “No TOASTERS” (yesterday). No Toasters at the ABC? Next they will be banning cardigans and sandals! This reminds me of a hotel in Belgium where the buffet breakfast was replete with a variety of breads and conserves. When I asked where the toaster was there was a very firm and stony response : “the bread, sir, is already cooked.”

On the price of milk

Steve Spencer writes: Re. “Kiwis farmers just got a milk price rise — so what’s our farmers’ beef?” (yesterday). Just a note on the above. In Australia, Fonterra’s price agreement with their supply cooperative stipulates they have to match the largest Vic processor, which is MG. Most of our companies are moving to “value add” as is everyone else in dairy — this was the reason for the MG capital raising. Fonterra talk a good game, but given there very seasonal production and investment in large driers they will continue to be in commodities. Local farmgate prices remain above NZ and have been for most of the past decade. Just sayin.

Save up to 50% on a year of Crikey

Choose what you pay, from $99.

Sign up now

I subscribe to Crikey because I believe in a free, open and independent media where news and opinions can be published that I can both agree with and be challenged by.

As a Crikey subscriber I always feel more informed and able to think more critically about issues and current affairs – even when they don’t always reflect my own political viewpoint or lived experience.


Join us and save up to 50%

Subscribe before June 30 and choose what you pay for a year of Crikey. Save up to 50% or, chip in extra and get one of our limited edition Crikey merch packs.

Join Now