Meat CEO’s beef with Hastie comments

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 19 : 14-Aug-19

Australian Meat Industry Council CEO Patrick Hutchinson has attacked Liberal MP Andrew Hastie over his recent comments regarding China. With Australian meat exports to China tipped to exceed $2 billion in 2019, Hutchinson says Hastie’s comments, which saw him compare the rise of China to that of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, were "inflammatory and ill-considered". Hutchinson says the comments do not reflect rural and regional Australia, which would suffer if the remarks led to a further downturn in the relationship between China and Australia. Hutchinson notes the meat processing sector represents over 50,000 full-time equivalent jobs, on top of the farmers who produce beef cattle.

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AUSTRALIAN MEAT INDUSTRY COUNCIL, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Meat sector calls for drought relief funds

Original article by Sarah-Jane Tasker
The Australian – Page: 19 : 28-Mar-19

The Australian Meat Industry Council has released a report which shows that the industry’s regulatory cost burden is significantly higher than that of other major red meat-producing nations. The AMIC has called for government action to reduce export certification charges, which are estimated to cost the industry about $110m a year. CEO Patrick Hutchinson says these fees – which local producers must pay in full – are a key reason why Australian red meat is becoming globally uncompetitive.

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AUSTRALIAN MEAT INDUSTRY COUNCIL