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: Bishop to look at ESCAS
: Export News Tasmania July 20, 2013, 05:50:51 PM
Shadow Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Julie Bishop said the Coalition would be open to discuss changes to ESCAS but would not compromise animal welfare.   


JULIE Bishop has not ruled out changes to the controversial Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) if the Coalition wins government at the upcoming election.
The Shadow Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister said in an interview with Farm Weekly on Monday that the Coalition would not lessen its stance on high animal welfare standards but admitted it doesn't believe in "regulation for the sake of regulation".

ESCAS has largely been blamed for the loss of a number of key markets including Saudi Arabia and for lower livestock prices.
Many farmers and industry people were hoping that with a change of Federal Government, ESCAS may be 'loosened' to allow livestock to flow more freely and to entice markets such as Saudi Arabia to come back to Australia to source its product. 

Ms Bishop stopped short of saying there would be any sweeping changes of ESCAS but said the Coalition was happy to discuss ways of making ESCAS more efficient and effective.

"There are strong and opposing views on the live export trade generally and I think the key to its sustainability is the ability of the industry to work in partnership with governments in other countries to achieve high standards of animal welfare throughout the supply chain," Ms Bishop said.

"I was surprised to find that the ESCAS wasn't operating within Indonesia prior to the ban, it was only operating to Indonesia.

"So in that sense and given the scale of the industry and the scale of the exports to Indonesia, I was disappointed there was not a greater effort made by all interested parties in animal welfare standards.
"This is not entirely the role for government, industry also plays a role, but the government has a significant influence in this regard."
Ms Bishop travelled to Indonesia following the live cattle export ban in June 2011 and has seen firsthand the feedlots and abattoirs in our closest market. 

She said the biggest hurdle as Shadow Trade Minister was trying to re-establish Australia's reputation as a reliable supplier. 
"We were so critical of Labor's ban at the time because of the way it was done at the start," she said.

"They didn't even consult with Indonesia and they didn't inform them that the ban was going to be put in place and this has had a significant impact on our reputation as a reliable and trusted supplier of goods and a reliable and trusted exporter.

"It also had a massive economic impact within Indonesia and a massive impact all the way down the supply chain.
"So what we (the Coaltition) would do is make a significant effort at the highest level to restore the reputation that we can be a reliable supplier."

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has already stated his first visit, if he was to become Prime Minister, would be to Jakarta to discuss a range of issues including trying to get Indonesia to increase its import quota. 

Ms Bishop said she hoped Indonesia would raise it to higher levels than what it was prior to the live cattle export ban.
In 2009, Indonesia's cattle import numbers hit a historic high of 750,000, followed by 520,000 in 2010.

But the export numbers plunged significantly in 2011 after Federal Government's ban. 

Indonesia's permits numbers dropped to 283,000 in 2012 down from 410,000 the year before.

That is in contrast to new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who said on ABC radio on Tuesday that he would wait-and-see what the Indonesians say about the cattle quotas after a meeting with Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
"I've made representations to the Indonesians about that ... we'll wait to see what they have to say," he told ABC radio in North Queensland on Tuesday.

Mr Rudd said Indonesia would need to import meat as it builds up its own cattle herd over time and there are opportunities for Australian investment to help this happen.

A temporary ban in 2011 on live cattle exports to Indonesia, after claims Australian cattle were being mistreated in Indonesia, has hurt the local cattle industry.

Mr Rudd also took another swipe at the Gillard Government admitting the live cattle export ban could have been handled better by the Gillard Government. 

"I believe in calling a spade a spade, no point pulling punches on that," Mr Rudd said.

Ms Bishop said Australia needed to restore its reputation with Indonesia first and that would include committing to strong animal welfare standards throughout the supply chain to avoid any potential problems. 

"But we are always interested in hearing from people about ways of doing things more efficiently and effectively, we don't believe in regulation for the sake of regulation," Ms Bishop said. 

"But we certainly believe that regulations are required in this case and if there are any aspects of it that cattle producers believe could be changed we would have to make sure that quality standards are not compromised."

19 Jul, 2013 TYSON CATTLE
: Re: Bishop to look at ESCAS
: Export News Tasmania July 20, 2013, 05:54:26 PM
Remember these soulless, heartless, cold-blooded politicians when you cast your vote ... especially this woman and her Leader, Abbott.
: Re: Bishop to look at ESCAS
: born_for_freedom July 20, 2013, 09:43:08 PM
This woman wouldn't know welfare if it bit her in the backside.

Grovelling for votes as per usual.

Heartless, merciless and self serving the whole bloody lot.