Greens push for end to live export

12 Nov, 2012 10:47 AM
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THE Greens have today released a paper pushing for more investment in the domestic meat processing industry as an alternative to live exports.

The statement identifies five issues The Greens claim must be addressed in order to grow the domestic industry.

Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon says the government needs a comprehensive plan to end the live export trade, instead of "half-baked inquiries".

"Minister Ludwig is in denial about the long term viability of live exports. He has to admit Australia has a problem and take action to move away from live exports," Senator Rhiannon said.

"Growing domestic meat processing for local and export markets will reduce animal cruelty inherent in the live export trade while boosting Australia's economy and assisting farmers."

The Greens' five steps to domestic processing

  • Encourage the development of new meat processing facilities in northern Australia
  • Remove trade distortions and more vigorously market Australian meat overseas
  • Boost skills and educate workers
  • Smooth the transition for farmers and the meat processing sector
  • Establish teams to drive reform within government
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    READER COMMENTS

    x
    12/11/2012 11:36:07 AM

    Will the farmers be financially worse off under Greens policy. Unless we have access to global labour market, onshore processing will never compete. The level playing field is burying Aussie ag.
    Jen from the bush
    12/11/2012 12:38:54 PM

    Just get in and do it. Roll it out and make sure the foreign owned au meatworks staffed with work visa staff pay a fair price for the cattle so we can look after our cattle the way we want to. Yep just want to see it - just don't look at the Coles/Woolies set up where they are driving down the prices and killing the farmers. I mean what's to stop meatworks doing the same thing?????? LE does.
    a GRAZIER
    12/11/2012 12:54:40 PM

    Where do they get the 4 in 5 Australians opposed to the trade? (from the paper) Shonky polls? In all truth I haven't struck one, & not just among country people either. They have no concept of the havoc a ban would create, & their only suggestion is Aus processing. Which is rather funny, as it seems a lot of the supporters are vegetarian or vegan, against killing of any animal. The next thing in their sights would be abattoirs, already are for some of them.
    Kanzi
    12/11/2012 2:07:25 PM

    Well that is wonderful then. Remove trade barriers and open up all these new markets for meat and more will go as meat and less live. No need to ban the trade, just a need for city slickers to get their fingers out and learn to properly market what we produce, at a price where something is left for the farmer to pay his bills. The live trade is our insurance policy, as by your past record, you will no doubt screw it up.
    Jo Bloomfield
    12/11/2012 2:08:59 PM

    Lee Rhiannon couldn't even answer the 25 questions I put on the fb page Ban live Exports Now, of which she is administrator. Couldn't answer basic common questions of the impact or ramifications of the ban, Now the greens are putting up a 5 point plan. Yeh 5 point plan to many businesses going down the tubes, untold animal suffering and all forgotton about once they find another band wagon cause to jump on.
    Jen from the bush
    12/11/2012 4:21:26 PM

    Up to date polls don't reflect 4 out of 5 However I have to see the use of indigenous labour Don't know how you'd run a meatworks around staff disappearing for 6 weeks 'sorry time', getting blind drunk and just not coming to work for days at a time or just running away to go hang out/fishing/drinking together. Does this party know REALITY? ps just what subsidies/tarrifs does LE receive? About Green's only viable idea is to establish a meatworks overseas - that way get cheap wages and get staff who want to work!
    Now in NZ
    13/11/2012 5:35:38 AM

    Frightening to think that the Greens actually have a say in decisions which can affect so many people. Their knowledge and abilities when it comes to foreign trade, local and global economies and market realities is breath-takingly inadequate.
    a GRAZIER
    13/11/2012 7:19:31 AM

    Yep. Their policies are pie in the sky crap. It just cracks me up to see those meatworkers sucking up to them.
    Matt
    13/11/2012 8:12:43 AM

    This is laughable and shows the Greens up as having no idea about primary industries. As a simple example "vigorously market Australian meat overseas" – Australia has been doing this for years! The rest just are so ambiguous they mean nothing. I’d suggest they check the meat industry strategic plan for some direction.
    hipto
    13/11/2012 9:28:07 AM

    Unfortunatley meatworks are going to love this,it is in their best interest as prices WILL come down,right now prices have tumbled because of animal activists crap that stops at aussie borders.
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