Indonesia has shocked Australia by drastically cutting our live cattle imports by 80 per cent. The 250,000 cattle permits from last quarter have dropped to only 50,000 this July-September quarter, leaving Australian cattle producers with significant financial losses. Labor has criticised the Abbott government for being “asleep at the wheel”, suggesting our souring relations with Indonesia are to blame. Are Jakarta’s cattle cuts politically motivated and should Australia be getting out of the live cattle trade altogether?
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