National Farmers' Federation

Statement on live cattle class action delay

Comments attributable to NFF President, David Jochinke

Recent news that the Government has requested a nine month delay in proceedings will be a bitter blow to victims of the illegal 2011 live cattle export ban. 

I was in the Territory when this news broke, and I’ve seen how visibly angry and upset this has made people.

There is no reason for this delay besides petty politics. The Federal Government is making it clear once again that justice for the people who had their livelihoods destroyed isn’t a priority. They simply don’t care.

The Government is meant to be a model litigant. However, they’re disgracing themselves by deceitful delaying tactics and shirking their responsibility to fairly compensate cattle producers.

It’s time to do the right thing and pay up. It’s a simple as that.