Live export doublespeak

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Animals Australia team

Last updated 21 May 2013

War Is Peace; Freedom Is Slavery; Ignorance Is Strength. Is doublespeak making its comeback through the live export trade? Run our translator to find out.

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  1. ‘Folly’

    Tony Abbott
    Leader of the Coalition
    Stock Journal, 19 May 2013
    “What an incoming Coalition government would never do is commit the kind of folly which this government has been guilty of, particularly in respect of the arbitrary, capricious cancellation of the live cattle trade with Indonesia in panic at a television program."
    #BanLiveExport

  2. ‘Isolated incident’

    Alison Penfold
    CEO, Aust Live Exporters Council
    ABC Four Corners, 7 November 2012
    “It was an isolated incident."
    #BanLiveExport

  3. ‘The system works’

    Senator Joe Ludwig
    Federal Agriculture Minister
    DAFF transcript of doorstop interview, 4 May 2013
    “As the system works, that the department and Animals Australia and the industry, all have the ability of bringing complaints to our attention."
    #BanLiveExport

  4. ‘We are convinced’

    Alison Penfold
    CEO, Aust Live Exporters Council
    National Farmers’ Federation press release, 6 May 2013
    “We are convinced that these abuses by incompetent individuals can be more directly and effectively controlled under ESCAS."
    #BanLiveExport

  5. ‘The decision’

    Tony Abbott
    Leader of the Coalition
    Stock Journal, 19 May 2013
    “We would never have made the decision that the Gillard Government made [to suspend the live trade to Indonesia], because we’re not enthralled to the Greens."
    #BanLiveExport

  6. ‘Shy feeding’

    Industry terminology
    Terms used to describe common causes of deathon board live export ships
    “Shy feeding"
    “Inanition"
    “Ventilation failure"
    #BanLiveExport

  7. ‘Australia leads the world’

    Senator Joe Ludwig
    Federal Agriculture Minister
    DAFF media release, 5 November 2012
    “Australia leads the world in animal welfare practices — especially in the live export trade."
    #BanLiveExport

  8. ‘Sufficient oversight’

    Alison Penfold
    CEO, Aust Live Exporters Council
    ABC Landline, 12 May 2013
    “And the point I want to make is given that it was covered under a memorandum of understanding between the Australian and Egyptian governments, we felt that that was providing sufficient oversight of the facility [in Egypt]."
    #BanLiveExport

  9. ‘Once-in-a-generation reform’

    Senator Joe Ludwig
    Federal Agriculture Minister
    ABC 7.30, 6 May 2013
    “I continue to say that the community should have confidence in the system we’ve put in place. It’s a once-in-a-generation reform of the live animal export industry to ensure animal welfare."
    #BanLiveExport

  10. ‘Catastrophic blunders’

    Tony Abbott
    Leader of the Coalition
    AAP, 7 May 2013
    “One of the catastrophic blunders of the current government was the arbitrary suspension of the live cattle export trade [to Indonesia for 6 weeks in 2011]."
    #BanLiveExport

  11. ‘Slips’

    Senator Joe Ludwig
    Federal Agriculture Minister
    ABC News, 6 November 2012
    “What I’ve always said, right at the start of this is that there would always be circumstances, there would be mistakes, there would be slips."
    #BanLiveExport

  12. ‘Reverse effect’

    John Cobb
    Shadow Federal Minister for Agriculture
    Press release from John Cobb, 29 November 2011
    “Banning Australia from live animal exports will in fact have the reverse effect and simply lead to the reduction of animal welfare standards internationally."
    #BanLiveExport