Enough with the knee-jerk solutions
The Labor Government is again showing its Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan appears to lack common sense when it comes to livestock issues or anything to do outside of city limits.
For instance, take the issue when Joe Ludwick stopped export of cattle to our near neighbours overnight, he not only caused many problems for station owners but also insulted those who buy our stock.
Now we have our Agricultural Minister here in WA, who in previous times was quite effective in the city environs, but has stepped into an area beyond her reasoning.
Anyone with common sense and knowing the result of the last ban on livestock exports, would not go down this path again because of the pain and cost to stock breeders and exporters.
Now that the Agriculture Minister has put her foot well and truly into so-called troubled sheep exports, she should take responsibility for the recent situation and future problems.
If at any time in the future a similar cry is made about shipping of livestock from Australia, backgrounded by the Greenies, then the minister of the day should call all those who will be effected and have a round-table conference to decide on future action.
No minister of the Crown should have the individual right to take action such as to overnight decide to stop exports without full consultation with those involved.
Animal rights activists are showing what happened on one journey which took place in August, 2017.
This problem was reported to the authorities, was investigated and Emanuel was still allowed to continue under the Live Sheep Trade.
Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has taken the unusual step of suspending Emanuel’s export license until they show the sheep can be exported in the proper conditions.
So because of one man’s decision, 60,000 sheep have to be lot-fed at great expense to Emanuel, which in the long run will cost our farmers dearly.
No mention is made of the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of sheep which have arrived at their destination in better condition than when they left our shores for many many years.
And now it appears, they are trying to destroy this industry.
Both Governments should have to bare the costs of feed and agisting costs, all losses which will happen to farm gate prices, any other out-of-pocket costs to the shipping company.
Shame on Minister David Littleproud for taking the knee-jerk action.
Both these ministers who are supposed to be promoting trade with overseas countries are hell bent on destroying it. All lettters must be signed with the writer’s full name and address (not postal) and telephone number. Send them to: Letters to the Editor, Countryman, PO Box D162, Perth, WA 6000. Email: email@example.com. Fax: 9482 3324.