Howlett: ALP failing Tassie beef producers

The Tasmanian ALP state government has failed to ensure that consumers are not misled about the beef they are buying, Jane Howlett, Liberal candidate for Lyons, said today.

“Meat should be clearly labelled with its place and country of origin.

“Tasmanian beef, which is produced without the use of Hormonal Growth Promotants (HGP) and in an environment which is GMO-free should be sold as such, and beef imported into this state should be certified that it has been produced using standards that are as good or better than the standards Tasmanian producers adhere to. Otherwise consumers are buying an inferior meat.

“Because our state government has failed to publicly champion the rigorous standards applying to beef produced in this State, local beef producers have effectively been ‘locked out’ of their own local market as only 8 per cent of the meat in the major Tasmanian supermarkets is sourced from Tasmanian meat producers.

“The meat on supermarket shelves is often being promoted as a premium Tasmanian product when in fact it is an inferior imported product with lower production standards and greater profit margins to the supermarket.

“Although Tasmania has only 1.9 per cent of Australia’s cattle, we produce some of the best beef in the world and the current state government is squandering the hard work done by farmers to achieve this exceptional level of quality,” Ms Howlett said.

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  1. PLEASE READ CUSTOMS AMENDENT ACT
    AUSTRALIA- – CHILE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
    IMPLEMENTATION BILL 2008

  2. Can anyone tell me where and who Labour hasn't failed? The only people or cause that Labour support are their own greedy secret agenda's. Once again it is the minority that get looked after.

  3. Christopher says:

    In the meantime kosher and halal abattoirs are growing in numbers all over Australia thanks to third world immigration and their barbarous customs. If this wasn't enough, in my neighborhood some new family of 8 from Somalia purchased live animal and killed on backyard. Plenty of blood leaks under the doors of their garage into driveway and to the street. Police was informed but did nothing. Within next two very hot days the blood blacken, become smelly and swarms of flays invaded our houses. It was like in Africa until rain came and washed away all this pollution. I contacted city council and they told me that this incident was justify because halal butcher was too far away and they celebrated new born child.

  4. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR AUSTRALIANS TO KNOW THAT CHAIRMAN RUDD IS LIFTING THE IMPORT BAN ON BEEF FROM COUNTRIES WITH MAD COW DISEASE!

    WHY!!!!!!

    Mad cow beef import ban lifted | Herald Sun

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/australia-ends-b

    Threats stop 'mad cow' ban – Weekly Times Now

    http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2009/10/

    Just one imported rump steak could turn us into a mad cow country

    http://www.liberal.org.au/news.php?Id=4008

    Beef exports face mad cow alarms – myZOO

    http://www.optuszoo.com.au/news/37958/beef-export

  5. I know I'm off the above issue a bit here but I'll express it anyway. I have been listening to a lot of the policy ideas lately from the Liberals and as a beef producer from the New England area I am very impressed by the practical environmental strategies from Abbott and the Liberals/ Nationals team. I actually planted native trees on my property about twelve years ago now on some land which was not really producing that much and today it is absolutely beautiful with birds and bees and lovely shade. I planted a selection of native hardwood trees, about a thousand in total and I believe the rewards have been tremendous. The cattle are now able to feed around them and have shelter from the sun and I'm sure that the cattle are even more docile than previously. I also think that their soil carbon capture and solar schemes are very credible and will gain great support with primary producers. I think practical action is fundamental to caring for the environment and in my opinion these things are something which primary producers can get started with straight away with little expense.

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