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.

Why secretly?

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.

    • Sean of Deer Park
    • May 15th, 2012

    Yep. Just pay the farmers out. Cheaper than a long drawn out court battle. The government and authorities are to blame anyway. Why should the farmers wear the burden for their (ALP) mismanagement?

    I tend to think the farmers should get a couple of Million each for their trouble alone. The government ‘inspectors’ should be strung up and quartered. As usual, government stupidity costs the average citizen their livelihood. But it’s okay, Thomson can still afford to go to see the hookers because Julia is paying for his legal defence.

    I’m really starting to hate government, as you can tell. 😆

    • That idiot Katter (sorry about that one) reckons Meat and Livestock Australia should pay because they are “paid a hundred million a year to look after our interests quite frankly did nothing whatsoever”.

      But what could have they done??

      I would have thought if anyone else should and/or could be implicated, it would be the ABC.

      (BTW, to be fair, it was NSW Labor paying shagger’s legal bills [200K] and they stopped a bit over two weeks ago… but HSU still paying Williamson’s [150], and Kathy Jackson? Nup. She has to cough up 40K herself [lucky for her, her lawyers have gone pro bono])

      In the news today but was on the Bolt Report on Sunday.


      MEMBERS of the scandal-plagued Health Services Union are stumping up more than $1000 a day in legal fees for union head Michael Williamson, who is still collecting an estimated $500,000 a year in union salary and board-related positions.

      Read more:

    • Merilyn
    • May 22nd, 2012

    Am sharing this on facebook, bing.

    • Patience. You’ve seen similar before. Sure, not quite anything like this mob. Patience.

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