Senate debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Questions without Notice

Live Animal Exports

2:38 pm

Photo of Christopher BackChristopher Back (WA, Liberal Party) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Ludwig. Can the minister confirm that the Indonesian government has effectively halved the quota for both live cattle and boxed beef exported from Australia over the last 12 months, and that it is now imposing a five per cent import tariff on all cattle from Australia and demanding a pedigree certificate for all commercial breeding stock sent to Indonesia? Will the minister admit that these trade restrictions are as a direct result of him suspending the shipment of live cattle to Indonesia last year, and will he advise what action the Australian government is taking to restore this critically important trade in both live cattle and boxed meat with our nearest trading partner?


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