|Title||Australia’s wheat deregulation dispute: co-operative enterprise and the east west divide|
|Publication Type||Web Article|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Keywords||Australian wheat industry, bulk grain handing, CBH Group, Co-operatives|
A key feature of the Australian wheat industry in early 20th Century was the emergence of bulk handling and storage businesses to deal with the supply chain, and statutory marketing boards with “single desk” control over domestic and international grains pricing and distribution. For example, during the period from 1910 to 1960 bulk wheat storage and handling businesses were established across Australia. Since the 1980s the deregulation of the Australian grains industry has impacted on the number of farmer owned businesses and co-operatives have also declined. Today the division between Western Australia, which is home to one of the largest bulk grains co-operatives and the eastern states grains markets is significant. It highlights the role played by co-operative businesses in looking after the interests of growers.