The massive reduction in cattle being exported to Indonesia will have a huge impact on Australian cattle producers.
As new problems emerge in Australias live export sector, Tony Abbott and Barnaby Joyce are still refusing to be in the same room as each other.
Cattle farmers are suffering while Tony Abbott and Barnaby Joyce are bickering.
Always quick to claim credit when things are going well, Barnaby Joyces silence on the cut to Indonesias beef import quotas has been deafening.
It's time for Barnaby Joyce to stop sulking and stand up for cattle producers.
The Agriculture Minister has not been seen nor heard since Greg Hunt whispered his Shenhua mine approval under the cover of the release of the discredited agriculture white paper.
The live export trade is of critical importance to Australian producers.
The situation in Indonesia is a reminder of the importance of market diversity.
The animal welfare system Labor put in place has allowed Australia to open new markets in both Asia and the Middle East.
The situation in Indonesia is a shocking development but should not have been entirely unexpected if Minister Joyce was across his brief and not distracted by his internal wars within Cabinet.
Tony Abbott said he wanted our foreign policy to be less about Geneva and more about Jakarta yet there's no doubt Australia's relationship with Indonesia has deteriorated under Tony Abbott.
Its time for Barnaby Joyce to emerge from his hide-out and do his job.
TUESDAY, 14 JULY 2015