A news report today states that "Documents revealed on the ABC's 7.30 program suggest that key live export documents may have been falsified, flouting strict national and international laws designed to protect countries from importing diseased animals."
In this case, the export company involved was Wellard and the person in the spotlight is the company's former Middle East manager, Garry Robinson. Mr Robinson is currently a director of the Australian Livestock Exporters Council (ALEC) and now works for another export company, LSS (the company being investigated for numerous breaches of ESCAS). Before Wellard, he was the export manager for Emmanuel Exports.
Is this a "one-off" or is this symptomatic and systemic? Evidence provided in last year's court case over the Hereford Express high mortality voyage in 2008, certainly indicated that documents have been altered by exporters in the past. DAFF knew about the Hereford Express documents and chose not to act. Did they also know about the Ocean Drover documents and emails?