The Australian Financial Review has reported that a Federal Court judge has labelled claims from cattle farmers that they could have exported an extra 800000 cows to Indonesia without the 2011 trade suspension as “cloud-cuckoo-land” and “absurd”.
Justice Steven Rares lashed the figure put forward by lawyers representing 215 affected farmers, suggesting it was simply not probable given the fixed capacity of Indonesia’s abattoir and quota system.
Justice Rares ordered the farmers to return in October to make their case, though he expressed his strong scepticism.
Lucky someone can see through live export spin. Maybe we should see what he thinks about the sky falling in on 'cloud cuckoo land' when the phaseout occurs.