Barnaby Joyce inspected the loading of the MV Al-Shuwaikh in Fremantle on Monday 31st March as a ship load of sheep set sail to Bahrain after the resumption of trade.
“Every sheep on this boat is a reflection of someone who is getting a cheque back to their kitchen table,” he said. “It is a good trade and I stand behind it.”
Guess it helps him to think of sheep as "cheques" rather than living sentient beings given how the last 22000 sent to Bahrain suffered. But as for a good trade....good for who Mr Joyce? Certainly not the sheep. Certainly not the chilled meat trade that has flourished to Bahrain since the live export cessation (to the tune of about 10000 tonnes). That last shipload didn't do the exporter (much good either.