THOMAS GEORGE DEFENDS AUSTRALIA'S LIVE CATTLE EXPORT INDUSTRY

THOMAS GEORGE DEFENDS AUSTRALIA'S LIVE CATTLE EXPORT INDUSTRY

15 October 2010

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George says Janelle Saffin's bid to ban live exports demonstrates her disconnection with the constituents of the Page electorate and clearly is supporting Greens policy.

Ms Saffin, Federal Member for Page, plans to raise a notice of motion to debate the live animal export issue in Parliament next week.

Mr George, a former stock and station agent, founding member of Beef Week and director of the Northern Cooperative Meat Company, said in all his years working in the cattle industry, he had never been approached with complaints from anyone about the trade.

"How could the Member for an area that boasts a strong beef industry put forward such a motion?" he questioned.

"I am surprised that she is stating she is being responsive to her constituents."

Mr George acknowledged our region would not be immediately affected by such a ban, given most of the live cattle exported came out of Northern Australia but he said the flow-on effects could prove disastrous for local farmers.

"Down the track, cattle that are normally exported would be offered up on the domestic market. More cattle on the market would definitely affect prices," he said.

"With my experience in the industry, I understand some sections would not be fully supportive of live exports. However, to talk of completely banning live cattle exports is unrealistic because in certain geographical areas of Australia, this is a very important market.

"Recently I was in Darwin and it was reinforced to me by the Members of Parliament I met, the importance of the live cattle export industry up there."

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