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Australian cattle exporters run second again
11th February, 2013
AUSTRALIAN CATTLE EXPORTERS RUN SECOND AGAIN
It is evident that the Gillard Labor government cares less for the future of the northern cattle industry than it does for the Indonesian cattle industry.
The Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams says under questioning in Senate estimates today, Agriculture Minister Ludwig stated just over $12.7 million had been paid out in compensation to the live cattle industry following the month-long ban early last year on live exports to Indonesia.
But Senator Williams said this is far short of the $20 million announced by Minister Ludwig and Trade Minister Craig Emerson last year to improve the productivity of the Indonesian beef herd.
“Minister Ludwig presided over the near-destruction of the live cattle export industry with his knee-jerk reaction last year, and now we find our own cattle producers aren’t getting the same level of assistance as Indonesian farmers.
The irony is Indonesia has cut its live cattle import quota from Australia for 2013 which is a double whammy for our export industry.
The Gillard government is apparently more concerned about the viability of the Indonesian beef industry than our own”, Senator Williams said.
Contact Greg Kachel on 0428 253 560