With crews from vessels repeatedly arriving from Indonesia with Covid, WA Premier Mark McGowan is considering a ban. He says the onus is on shipping companies to ensure their crews do not give off in Indonesia...and that he is willing to change protocols should infected ships keep arriving. And this has set the live ex industry into a flap.
ALEC chief executive Mark Harvey-Sutton said state and federal authorities had an
economic and moral responsibility not to disrupt trade. He reportedly told the ABC "That would be a very concerning outcome if that was to occur — not only for Australian agricultural commodities, but also for our friends in Indonesia. This is a time of need in their country, deeply affected by COVID at the moment, and Australia plays a role in fulfilling their food security needs.
So far so good with the sob story but then.....
"Such measures would be very grave at a diplomatic level, as well as on a human level.
Ah so ...the real issue is that our "friends" to whom we have a moral obligation and who are so dependent on us will actually get the huff (so much for their dependency on us it seems) and this will have implications for trade. That sounds far more plausible.
BUT one thing is for sure..... it is always about live ex over anything else. Health and economic consequences to ordinary Australian people (think if the Sydney situation occurred in Perth) or animals are clearly less important than the live ex dollar!