Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Terry Redman
Redman Welcomes Lifting Of Live Cattle Export Ban
Victor P Taffa
Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman has welcomed the decision to lift the suspension of live cattle exports to Indonesia.
“I’m pleased the suspension is over, but the impact of this will be ongoing and remain serious. Significant damage has been done to the industry at all levels.” Mr. Redman said.
“Bridges will still need to be built with Indonesia where there has been significant diplomatic damage to our relationship.”
“A lot of work remains for Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig and the Gillard Government, who have managed this whole issue hopelessly, and a lot still needs to be done to continue to support the industry.”
The Minister said it was important for trade to be resumed from North-West ports in Western Australia as soon as possible.
“The impact of this will be felt by the cattle industry for many months, maybe even years. We will continue working hard with industry to help them get back in business.” Mr. Redman said.
“Western Australia has worked tirelessly, collaborating closely with companies, industry organizations and other jurisdictions to support those affected throughout the suspension and to get the trade restarted. This partnership approach is how we do business in WA.”
“I look forward to hosting a meeting of Primary Industries Ministerial Council in Perth next week where I expect partnership approaches to food security, trade, industry productivity and biosecurity will be discussed in addition to animal welfare and live animal exports.” Mr. Redman said.