STILL EXPORTING: The Australian Livestock Exporters Council has played down fears of a possible ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia.
STILL EXPORTING: The Australian Livestock Exporters Council has played down fears of a possible ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia. Contributed

Cattle industry launches class action over live export ban

INDUSTRIES involved in the live cattle trade have launched a class action against the Federal Government that will likely seek hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation.

The class action filed in the Federal Court yesterday will be open to anyone who suffered losses because of the Government's suspension of live cattle exports to Indonesia that occurred almost three-and-a-half years ago.

The industry said the suit, which will be fought by law firm Minter Ellison, was being launched after three years of trying unsuccessfully to negotiate its claim with the Federal Government.

Lead applicant Emily Brett from Waterloo Station, near the West Australian and Northern Territory border, said while the ban lasted a month, the impact for the industry lasted much longer.



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