Court to rule on min­is­ter’s ac­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

A FED­ERAL La­bor min­is­ter’s de­ci­sion to act in­dis­crim­i­nately in ban­ning all farm­ers from ex­port­ing live cat­tle to Indonesia for six months in 2011 was not jus­ti­fied, a court has been told.

Noel Hut­ley SC was giv­ing his open­ing ad­dress in the Fed­eral Court in Syd­ney yes­ter­day in a class ac­tion brought by north Aus­tralian cat­tle farm­ers against the thenLa­bor gov­ern­ment agri­cul­ture min­is­ter Joe Lud­wig.

They claim the ban cost them hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars. The group, led by Brett Cat­tle Com­pany, is al­leg­ing “mis­fea­sance in pub­lic of­fice” by Mr Lud­wig.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Barn­aby Joyce told re­porters the ban had been a “stupid de­ci­sion”. “Every­body knows, even the La­bor Party knows, it was an in­cred­i­bly bad de­ci­sion,” he said.

“Whether it was an il­le­gal de­ci­sion, is some­thing en­tirely dif­fer­ent. That’s de­ter­mined by the court.”

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