Enough with the knee-jerk so­lu­tions

Countryman - - OPINION - Ron McLean, Newde­gate

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: your­say@coun­try­man.com.au. Fax: 9482 3324.

David Lit­tleproud

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