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Joyce Stops Labor’s Mad Cow

15 Mar

Media Release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 15 March 2010:

Coalition Stops the Labor Mad Cow

Today the Senate overwhelmingly endorsed the Food Importation (Bovine Meat Standards) Bill introduced by Senators Colbeck and Joyce. This legislation will ensure that meat from countries with Mad Cow Disease (BSE) will undergo the same rigorous standards as Australian beef.

Even though the Minister for Agriculture Tony Burke performed one of the greatest feats of aerial gymnastics, worthy of a Winter Olympic gold medal, Labor’s conceit in the Senate precluded them from supporting this bill. The Labor Party have back-flipped on the decisions, but they did not have the conviction to put it into legislation. The coalition has delivered a real and tangible action plan to stop the importation of beef without proper risk analysis, labelling and traceability.

Once more the Australian public have found the Labor Party wanting on their desires to keep out Mad Cow Disease, just as the public found them non-responsive to stopping the ETS… a massive new tax on every working family.

The Bill now goes back to the House of Representatives and it will be interesting to see if they have the conviction to give the public the assurances they want on country of origin labelling and traceability.

This result demonstrates the merit of having an upper house that not only reviews but introduces legislation for the betterment of the Nation.

More information- Jenny Swan 0438 578402

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