Jobs exported with our cattle
EWEN Jones ( TB, 25/ 7/ 2015) claims that those who criticise the Free Trade Agreement with China are racist.
Isn’t it more likely that they are simply concerned about the impact on local jobs?
While exporting one million cattle to China will create some additional jobs, supporters of this plan would rather people didn’t think too much about how those jobs plus many more would be created if these cattle were processed here and beef.
China was already importing large amounts of boxed beef, worth $ 722 million in 2013 and the market was predicted to continue expanding. According to MLA’s own website live cattle exports in 2013- 14 were worth $ 1.05 billion, while exports of beef and veal were worth $ 6.45 billion.
We lose jobs and the export income made by value adding, when animals are shipped
as boxed away for processing. Then there is the issue of animal welfare. China like the other countries to which Australian animals are sent has no laws on animal welfare.
If Ewen Jones ( and our state Labor members) were serious about either local jobs or animal welfare they would be doing all they could to ensure that cattle were processed here.