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: Australia hands over millions in aid, then grovels for live export deals.
: WA Export News July 22, 2013, 12:16:13 PM
Indonesia dumps beef import quotas: reports.

There are credible reports today that Indonesia will remove its annual quota restrictions for beef imports altogether, opening the door to increased trade with Australia.

The Australian Government is yet to confirm the reports, but global and Indonesian media are quoting that country's trade minister, Gita Wirjawan, as saying he's signed a "new ready-to-slaughter cattle regulation", which will "allow importers to import with no limits, to stabilise beef prices".

Indonesia will reportedly continue to monitor the trade, and adjust the volume and timing of beef imports in order to keep domestic beef prices within a range of 75,000-76,000 rupiah ($8.08 - $8.19AUD) per kilogram.

The average price of beef in Indonesia is currently 93,000 rupiah.

Indonesia slashed annual beef import quotas in 2012, ostensibly to encourage local production as the country strives for self-sufficiency.

But the Australian cattle industry said the Commonwealth Government was to blame for the restrictions, and that it had embarrassed Indonesia by temporarily suspending the live cattle trade in the wake of animal
cruelty revelations in some abattoirs in that country.

Northern Australian graziers have been struggling since that decision, with reduced markets compounded by drought across many pastoral regions.

Graziers had welcomed an earlier decision that Indonesia would take an additional 25,000 live Australian cattle over the next three months, which was announced on Friday. 

ABC Rural (http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/)  By  Anna Vidot    22.7.2013

    (http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/4716628-3x2-340x227.jpg)  (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-22/indonesian-cattle-imports/4835148) Photo: More Australian cattle could soon be heading to Indonesia, with reports that country has removed its restrictions on beef imports. (file) (AAP: Dave Hunt)     http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-22/indonesia-beef-quota/4835128 (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-22/indonesia-beef-quota/4835128)
: Re: Australia hands over millions in aid, then grovels for live export deals.
: Venetian July 22, 2013, 08:10:04 PM
Grovelling indeed.  Cruel and corrupt Indonesia is the largest recipient of AusAid ($500 million) for year's end,  plus another $60m from the public purse while  MLA, the live export cabal and growers rub their primordial stumps in glee. 
: Re: Australia hands over millions in aid, then grovels for live export deals.
: born_for_freedom July 22, 2013, 09:38:17 PM
Bloody disgusting. Australia has well and truly been done over. Aside from the atrocities Indonesia inflicts upon beautiful animals, they tell us to go jump when it comes to their lot illegally entering Aust whilst taking our money with unashamed greed.

Horrible nasty nation.
: Re: Australia hands over millions in aid, then grovels for live export deals.
: Export News Tasmania July 23, 2013, 04:45:56 PM
Here's a thought ... we'll keep our beautiful cattle and they can keep their rotten boats and all who sail in them. Two avenues of corruption shut down in one hit!