WA farmers and a major live exporter say a decision by the Federal Government to refuse an application to ship sheep to the Middle East is ‘insulting’ to the customer.
Jenne Brammer, Peter De Kruijff and Sarah Ison
The fate of 56,000 sheep from the virus-hit Al Kuwait stranded at a Perth feedlot is in limbo tonight after the Federal Government refused an exemption for them to be exported.
Rourke Walsh and Jenne Brammer
Australia’s calls to China to mend trade relations, which were hurt by calls for an inquiry into the origins of COVID-19, continue to go unanswered, our Federal Trade Minister says.
Several WA companies have begun sourcing alternative supply lines amid escalating trade tensions between Australia and China.
Update: Six more Al Kuwait crew have tested positive to coronavirus as workers who unwittingly boarded the infected live export ship in Fremantle wait for their results to come in.
Rebecca Le May and Michael Ramsey
Three of Australia’s major industries are among those “most exposed” to a potential escalation in trade tensions with China, according to fresh analysis from a leading credit agency.
Danielle Le Messurier
Opposition trade spokeswoman Madeleine King says Australia needs to lock down serious trade relations with India and Indonesia beyond lip service to them through "cricket and curry and trips to Bali”.
The Federal Government was tonight dismissing speculation Australian wine was the latest product caught in the crossfire of the trade war with China after a Perth based exporter raised the alarm.
China has sought to defend its approach on the COVID-19 crisis saying it is not picking a fight with other nations, including Australia, but merely standing its ground.
At least six crew aboard a livestock ship docked at Fremantle Port have tested positive to COVID-19, with fears more - including two Australians - are ill with the virus.
Peter Law, Josh Zimmerman, Lanai Scarr & Peter De Kruijff
There is no trade war. At least, not yet. There is a risk, though, that constant predictions of one could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. What we have is a war of words. That’s dangerous enough.
Mark RileySeven News Political Editor
Western Australia has “no choice” but to try and find alternative industries and markets to grow and trade in, according to leading experts.
A Cunderdin farmer has ditched plans to plant barley following China’s decision to hit the grain with a tariff and warns the Federal Government needs to ‘tread carefully’ to prevent more hardship.
A whopping 300 tonnes of WA chilled lamb worth about $5 million will be flown to the Middle East during the next eight weeks in a boon for the State’s agriculture industry.
Attorney General Christian Porter says a "wider conspiratorial" message should not be read into China's changes to iron ore inspections.
China is the local wine industry’s No.1 export market by value but many producers are looking to other countries.
A farm advocacy group says barley growers bearing the brunt of the trade war with China and will today flag an industry “pain sharing” proposal to soften the impact of an estimated $500 million loss.
Jenne Brammer and Rourke Walsh
China's Perth consul-general Dong Zhihua has made a sudden flight to Beijing for what are believed to be health reasons.
The Federal Government was last night desperately trying to negotiate deals with six emerging barley markets outside of Beijing in a bid to salvage the livelihoods of WA farmers.
China’s decision to slap tariffs on Australian barley marks a serious turn in our relations, according to trade experts who have answered all your burning questions and explain what it means for WA.
West Australian farmers say they are “paying the price” for the Federal Government’s fight with China after the Asian superpower slapped an 80 per cent tariff on local imports.
Minister for Asian Engagement Peter Tinley has taken to task fellow West Australian and former SAS soldier Andrew Hastie over China’s move to slap tariffs on local barley farmers.
Josh Zimmerman & Peter de Kruijff
Pastoralists and Graziers Association president Tony Seabrook says China’s move to impose 80 per cent tariffs on the nation’s barley exports will have long term repercussions for both countries.
Peter de Kruijff
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud confirmed Australia would be contesting China’s move with the World Trade Organisation
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