Compensate our beef exporters, Julia
Australia’s live cattle export trade was almost brought to its knees last year when the Gillard government, in a knee-jerk reaction, temporarily banned it after shocking footage was aired on the ABC.
The timing couldn’t have been worse – just as cattle were being loaded onto the boats.
The timing of the ABC 4Corners report raised a few eyebrows as well. A report they’d been sitting on since January of last year was aired in the worst possible month, June.
Further investigation revealed that whilst the footage was in no way doctored, it was not representative, either.
Naturally, once all the facts came to light, the trade was allowed to resume. But the damage had been done. A government that should have had more information at its fingertips than a graphic, yet sensationalist current affairs report, had acted.
And the cattle industry wants them to pay for their stupid, short-sighted, ill-informed mistake.
Now the government is secretly trying to head off class action by legal firm Minter Ellison, which is acting on behalf of beef producers demanding compensation, the ABC’s 7.30 program reported tonight.
The law firm did not comment on the program but the amount sought is reportedly worth hundreds of millions.
But yeah. No worries. The government’s mistake that the taxpayer will have to pay for…
There goes Julia and Wayne’s budget’s cash handout freebies.