Queensland: Meat Industry

This motion proposed by Senator Lazarus should be opposed. The motion would spread unnecessary uncertainty in our cattle industry and in particular our northern cattle industry. His motion implies that free trade agreements and also the live cattle trade itself could cause job losses. The logical end point of this motion and if the Senate supported it would be to ban or restrict exports of live cattle in favour of processing in Australia. We saw how disastrous this was in 2011 for our entire industry.

Cattle Council president, Howard Smith, today has come out and said that market intervention in Australia's beef supply chain would be strongly opposed by beef producers. This motion would undermine confidence in the live cattle trade at a time when producers with cattle are finally getting strong returns after a long period of deflated prices. Senator Lazarus calling into question the value of Australia's free trade agreements and singling out the ChAFTA agreement in particular would be very detrimental to our beef producing industry. Removal of tariffs will bring billions of dollars of extra value to... (time expired)

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  • commented 2017-03-19 15:46:27 +1000
    “The logical end point of this motion and if the Senate supported it would be to ban or restrict exports of live cattle in favour of processing in Australia. We saw how disastrous this was in 2011 for our entire industry.”

    No we did not see how it was disastrous for the whole industry because the impromptu banning was not done with a proper plan on how to fill the gap in export trade that it created. The live animal export trade is inhumane and there is no organisation that can truthfully say they will guarantee that the cruel treatment we have seen on our TV screens, countless times, will never occur again. This is simply not possible.

    What is needed is a plan to migrate to selling halal meat that is slaughtered in Australia and shipped out frozen. If, for whatever reason, this does not work then alternative markets need to be sourced that do not require the live export of animals.

    You cannot argue that this is not possible. If you do then you should not be the minister for resources because it shows a lack of faith in the abilities and ingenuities of Australian business people.

    From my own experience this can be done. If you have any interest in following up this line of thinking I am very willing to discuss my thoughts with you.

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