Ex­port sus­pen­sion stuns

Countryman - - NEWS - Cally Dupe

The slam-bang na­ture of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to sus­pend Emanuel Ex­ports’ ex­port li­cence has sent shiv­ers down the spines of cat­tle pro­duc­ers still re­cov­er­ing from the 2011 live ex­port ban.

It was a three-day turn­around pe­riod from last Tues­day’s State Gov­ern­ment raids on the ex­porters’ of­fices in Perth to when the Fed­eral Depart­ment for Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter an­nounced the ex­porter’s li­cence would be sus­pended for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod on Fri­day.

The sus­pen­sion left 60,000 sheep owned by Emanuel Ex­ports in limbo, stuck in a quar­an­tine feed­lot south of Perth, and the ex­porter two op­tions — find an­other ex­porter to fa­cil­i­tate the trade or sell sheep to lo­cal abat­toirs.

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As­so­ci­a­tion vice-pres­i­dent David Stoate said the 2011 live ex­port ban, sparked by shock­ing footage that shook the in­dus­try to its foun­da­tion, cost hun­dreds of mil­lions of dollars and sent a num­ber of pro­duc­ers out of busi­ness.

Seven years on, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment now faces a lengthy class ac­tion Mr Stoate said was likely to re­sult in a “sig­nif­i­cant li­a­bil­ity” for the Com­mon­wealth.

“Pas­toral­ists al­ways hope that the Fed­eral and State Gov­ern­ments fully as­sess the con­se­quences of their ac­tions prior to mak­ing knee-jerk de­ci­sions,” Mr Stoate said.

“The con­se­quences of the sus­pen­sion of Emanuel’s ex­port li­cence have clearly not been thought through.

“No in­for­ma­tion has been pro­vided on what ac­tions are re­quired to be taken for the sus­pen­sion to be lifted.”

Mr Stoate said pas­toral­ists were watch­ing the live sheep trade is­sue with great in­ter­est.

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