Australian Truckies quit over cattle trade delays

All loaded up and nowhere to go

By David Lewis
Australia’s largest livestock trucking company says cattle trucks are sitting idle in western Queensland, despite the lifting of the ban on live cattle trade to Indonesia.

Road Trains of Australia (RTA) has about 12 trucks parked in Mount Isa and another eight in Longreach. RTA Queensland manager Mike Bailey says most of his clients are still waiting for Indonesia to approve import permits.

“The Indonesian permits ran out on the 30th of last month and they haven’t been renewed and we can’t do anything until they are renewed, so nothing’s changed really,” he said. “We’ve had to deregister a couple of sets of trailers.” Mr Bailey says the delay in getting import permits from Indonesia was too much for some employees.

“They’re just on a minimum wage at the moment,” he said. “They’re not making any great fortune at the moment – it’s a minimum wage while they’re sitting in the yard. “There are some that have left because it’s quiet and they can’t make ends meet with the wage they’re on at the moment.”

Source: ABC News (

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