The Australian Meat Processing Industry Employs collectively over 200,000 Australians from slaughter, to boning rooms, to distribution to supply chain services. The industry is worth billions to our economy, supports Australian Workers, supports rural communities and slaughters and processes animals under Australian Welfare Standards and Laws.
Live Export EXPORTS Australian Meat Worker jobs.
The Australian Meat Workers Union estimates that 70 abattoir closures and the loss of up to 12,000 jobs are directly attributable to the live export trade. To read about the 457 Visa Worker MYTH the Live Export Industry perpetrates CLICK HERE.
It is interesting they bring up foreign workers on Australian Shores (which is untrue as you will read via that link) – when they support 100% foreign Meat Workers in their trade? The whole model of Live Export is based on a quick sell/transaction, and the Exporters then make a very healthy profit using foreign labor at sweat shop rates well below the Poverty Line, some for $1 a day. Live Export outsources Australian Meat Worker jobs. Live Export Slaughters animals under cruel O.I.E guidelines, sending animals on grueling journeys to face a fully conscious death in most cases – under conditions and methods that would be illegal on Australian shores.
Meat Processing On Shore in Australia is not only financially viable but it is profitable, and would create thousands of more jobs for Australians. We can and should process the animals here, supporting jobs and adding 20% more to our economy.
Australia’s Chilled Meat Industry Exports 7 x the Volume of Meat that Live Exports does. Australia has the capacity, Australia has the facilities and tens of thousands of workers who are at this very moment processing meat onshore for Australians and to export to the world on a large scale.
But Live Exporters say Sheep can’t be processed here? Well Australia’s major sheep processors have confirmed that they have the capacity to process all sheep currently going to live export. 32 million sheep are slaughtered in Australia each year, and only just over 2 million sheep are exported live.
And there are around 8 million cattle slaughtered in Australia each year. In 2010, around 500,000 cattle were exported to Indonesia; with just over 400,000 exported to the same country in 2011. Thus, cattle exported make up only a very small portion of the total cattle industry.
Live export represents just 0.3% of Australia’s total exports.
There are numerous independent reports which support on Australian Shore Meat Processing which you can find links to below;
Full Report by Dr Alistair Daley “Economic Impact of Phasing Out the Live Export Trade”
There exists sufficient spare physical processing capacity in Western Australia to absorb the entire Australian live sheep export trade as it currently stands.
Sapere Research Group Report “A Better Way – Replace Live Sheep Exports with Frozen and Chilled Sheep Meat”
This translates to a higher contribution to WA’s Gross State Product. Industry turnover could rise from $700 million per annum to $2 billion per annum (ACIL Tasman, 2009, Page 51).
Article summarizing Heilbrons Report: “Live Export could Curb Beef Export Opportunities”
“Live cattle exports are cannibalising Queensland’s beef industry, striking at the heart of its value chain. If left unchecked live cattle exports will bring the State’s beef industry down with disastrous effects for asset values, investment, household incomes and employment.” The report suggests live export has grown almost unnoticed over the last 15 years, encouraged by “subsidisation and protectionist trade policies.“It is in no sense a ‘competitive’ Australian industry operating on a level playing field,” Heilbron says.
SG Heilbron Economic & Policy Consulting “The Future of the Queensland Beef Industry and the Impact of Live Cattle Exports”
Live exports are increasingly taking our premium disease free cattle out of Queensland’s beef industry value chain – cannibalizing the industry and allowing operators overseas to produce premium “Australian beef” in competition with genuine Queensland product. The inevitable end result of an uncontrolled live export activity is a shrinking, and the ultimate demise of a major Queensland high value added industry with huge loss of assets income and employment.
ACIL Tasman Report “Economic Analysis of Live Cattle Exports”
Domestic processing of livestock contributes more to regional economic activity and employment than live animal exports.
WA Govt Report from 2004 investigating On Shore Processing of Cattle and Sheep:
The Taskforce believes the growth in live exports, at the expense of meat processing firms, is at least partly due to a lack of competitive neutrality that can be attributed to the policies of foreign governments.