Julia Gillard’s ABC-inspired live export ban was totally illegal

Federal Court rules in favour of live exporters in landmark class action against Commonwealth Government.

Ginned-up ABC hysteria, cherry-picked ‘expert’ opinion and an utterly arrogant indifference to the human implications of state-imposed economic destruction. Sound familiar? Justice Stephen Rares ruled the “capricious” and “unreasonable” ban must be compensated with “substantial damages.”

The truth is, the shutdown was not required.”
                        – Class-action spokeswoman Tracey Hayes

A “decade of pain” was endured by the Brett family. Now we have to pay for the ideology-fueled malice of a Labor government – just as we paid for the ‘journalism’ from which it arose. This is the second humiliating legal defeat for a major ABC campaign of calumny this year. And still the cowardly LNP refuses to take any action against rogue extremists causing immense damage to Australian citizens.

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67 Responses to Julia Gillard’s ABC-inspired live export ban was totally illegal

  1. stackja

    “Friends of the ABC” won’t allow anyone to do anything.
    Who would really support any action against the ABC?
    Many would lose their livelihood to the mob in doing so.

  2. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    That whole ban was simply pandering to the Inner City Greens, and the minority report of the Senate Committee found that the footage was “set up” in the first place.

  3. Hay Stockard

    And the bill goes to…

    The Taxpayer. Yay for our side.

  4. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    The tin eared, ham fisted ALPBC has included the relevant four corners video in the link above.

    Beyond shame, beyond parody, beyond redemption.

    Shut it down, etc.

  5. HT

    How many years ago was it? How many years before the High Court decides to look at the border closures? Our legal / justice system needs to be responsive, these Gillard’s government Gould have been held to account within term, and the Queensland government et al border shutdowns need to be tested now, when it matters. Not in 5 years + time.

  6. So was the ‘No carbon tax under a government that I lead’ and her ‘misogyny speech’.

  7. Ginned-up ABC hysteria, cherry-picked ‘expert’ opinion and an utterly arrogant indifference to the human implications of state-imposed economic destruction. Sound familiar?

    Yep! Climate change and renewable energy.

  8. cuckoo

    And the ABC had the nerve, after destroying these peoples’ livelihoods, to ‘go bush’ and do sob-sister hand-holding interviews with them about how they were now struggling.

  9. cuckoo

    Here’s hoping this bodes well for the imminent challenge to Queensland’s border closures, being mounted in the High Court.

  10. C.L.

    Dougal Brett died in the meantime, by the way.
    Happy news for Mrs Brett & family.
    A decade of heartache, thanks to these turds.

  11. John A

    Dear Prime Minister, it is now clear (legally) that the ABC is a significant liability to good government and the general prosperity of the Commonwealth of Australia.

    It is also clear that the organisation is a substantial liability, rather than an asset, to the Federal government as its owners, since it has occasioned the need for substantial damages to be paid by taxpayers in general for government actions incited by its reporting.

    Sell. It. Off.
    or
    Shut. It. Down.

    Now.

  12. Mother Lode

    This is why I think Gillard keeps her head down regarding current affairs.

    She knows that she has absolutely no legacy to boast of.

    In fact, neither have Rudd or that poor poor man who had to walk across a tarmac to a plane in full view of the press. But they think they do so they keep piping up, thinking people will be in awe of their wisdom.

  13. Slim Cognito

    I don’t suppose that any of our media luvvies will think to contact Gillard for comment.

  14. Ed Case

    The bottom line in all this is that the ABC instructs Governments and Government follow.
    A Coalition Government would’ve done exactly the same.
    End goal?
    Shutdown of the low profit/high employment Pastoral Industry, hello to high profit/low employment grain/chemical substitutes.

  15. stackja

    Ed Case, this is your humor?

  16. Their ABC could pay part of the compensation. They’d only need to put up a couple of bloated salaries.

  17. Up The Workers!

    As with the global laughing-stock of the disgraceful Pell Miscarriage of Justice, the damages should be paid by wholly the A.L.P., rather than by the taxpayers.

    All of the blame rests with the blind, deaf, dumb and stupid knuckle-heads who perpetrated these atrocities, rather than with the citizenry.

    Also, can we seriously consider the benefits that would accrue if we flushed the whole A.L.P.B.C. out with Industrial-strength Draino?

    Without the crap that place harbours, neither of these massive Miscarriages of Justice would have happened.

    Wrongology is about the only subject on which the Sheltered Workshop residents of Old Aunty Ita’s $1.3 Billion per annum “House of Presstitution and Ill Repute” are an authority, as both the Federal Court and the Full Bench of the High Court of Australia have conclusively proven in recent months.

  18. KaaBee

    The problem is their ABC has no real skin in the game. All damages and costs should be deducted from their government funding.

  19. Bazinga

    Garnish it from their election loot till its paid back in full.

  20. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    This is why I can’t vote for any of the majors. Labor beats up the green left agenda to appease the mad left rump of its party, the ABC eggs them on and twists facts to suit the green agenda and Morrison and his crew look on and turn away, too weak to do anything about any of it. Coal, don’t mention coal in front of Morrison anymore. He once brought a lump onto parliament and sprouted its benefits. No he can’t even bring himself to utter the word. These weak and malicious bastard politicians and fence sitters simply mean my vote now goes to the most right wing party out there. And don’t get me started on the damage done to Australia by both parties with their mad left immigration policies. Whole suburbs in all major cities with populations that have no intention of doing anything productive except breeding us out and into oblivion.

  21. Chris M

    Wow! Not having proper legal training she may not have known what was illegal and what was OK.

    How will she pay then, is she so wealthy?

  22. Bronson

    Clip the ABC budget to pay the compensation. Make that cut permanent because they will stuff again and cost us tax payers more money.

  23. billie

    it seems a very poor system we have where a person or group of people can maliciously plan an attack on another group in the community, carry it out to bring hardship, ruin, and incredible personal suffering and suffer no adverse consequences at all

    the point of the attack was to do exactly what it did, stop a business and lifestyle merely because they didn’t like it and “felt” it wrong

    they used government, taxpayer, funded resources to do this and the providing organisation likewise suffers no adverse consequences

    the abc wails about justice here and justice there, but has not a thought for the people they themselves cause injustice. in fact they are outraged that they have been challenged and lost, there is no contrition

    look at the abc the last few days trying to associate african-american issues with Australian aboriginal peoples issues, drawing parallels and stoking the fires of racism right here .. have a read on their site of what they have written. if one of us in the public wrote similarly we would be accused of bording or infacvt crossing the border of, hate speech

    they do this because, as above, there are no adverse consequences to their actions

    without adverse consequences, what they learn is that they can do this sort of thing and get away with it and in fact in emboldens them more and more and they become even more adventurous in their actions

    don’t get me started .. can you imagine what the victims of this crime have been through. the entire abc should have to sit and listen in person, to victim impact statements, from all their victims

  24. Lee

    See, this is a large part of the reason I find “our ABC” so inimical to Australia’s interests.
    Defund it, and sell the infrastructure off.

  25. Entropy

    KaaBee
    #3472063, posted on June 2, 2020 at 3:04 pm
    The problem is their ABC has no real skin in the game. All damages and costs should be deducted from their government funding

    Quite so. A commercial sector media firm would have been the ones being sued. The ABC is all agenda driven cares, feels and no responsibility. No responsibility to the taxpayer, nonreponsibility to the truth and no responsibility to ensure journalistic integrity.

  26. Neil

    A little off-topic but the ABC recently published how many people died due to the changes Coalition made to Labors Robodebt scheme. Apparently 2,030 died after Coalition changes were made. Now the ABC did not say 2,030 died due to Coalition policy changes but implied it. That of course morphed into a direct link and that then morphed into all 2,030 people committed suicide.

    Turns out notices were sent to 900,000 people over a 2 year period and 2,030 people dying out of a population that size is a normal death rate. The ABC appears to be on labors side and enjoys generating hatred against the Coalition

  27. egg_

    Sell TheirABC to Ita for $1.

  28. Tim Neilson

    Turns out notices were sent to 900,000 people over a 2 year period and 2,030 people dying out of a population that size is a normal death rate.

    It’s actually an extraordinarily low death rate.

    Given a life expectancy of about 85, you’d expect a death rate of about 1 in 85, i.e. about 10,600.

    Were the notices sent primarily to younger people (i.e. perhaps aged pensioners weren’t caught up in it)?

  29. Neil

    This is the ABC article that has generated intense hatred against the Coalition. Has the ABC before published how many people died after a change in govt policy? The 2,030 that died quickly morphed on social media to all 2,030 died due to the Coalition.

    Under the section “”Minister says there’s no link”” it says it is just a normal death rate but that got lost in the hatred. Nothing sinister. But on social media some people claim all 2,030 committed suicide and the Coalition is to blame

    Also the system to match Centrelink to the ATO was started by Labor in 1991 and Labor computerised it in 2011 under Shorten. So the article is wrong when it says the Coalition started Robodebt

    https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/2030-people-have-died-after-receiving-centrelink-robodebt-notice/10821272

  30. Sydney Boy

    The problem is their ABC has no real skin in the game. All damages and costs should be deducted from their government funding.

    +1

  31. MarcH

    I just wondering now of the validity and legality of the covid19 Lockdowns. A successful class action might bankrupt the government, oops… make the government more bankrupt.

  32. Xword

    Put ABC on subscription basis. I’m sure the 15 per cent of its luvvies in our 9 million households won’t object to forking out a measly 25 bucks per week to keep it beaming in on its present budget.

  33. Ed Case

    W

    ere the notices sent primarily to younger people (i.e. perhaps aged pensioners weren’t caught up in it)?

    Dole, Single Parents and Disability Support Pensioners would be my guess.
    They’ve got to report income, the AI matches Bank Deposits with CRNs and
    1. Sends a text asking the origin of the funds, if the deposit was over $100 i.e., was it income?
    2.No response, sends e-mail
    3. No response, makes phone call
    4. No response, assumes it was income, sends letter giving due date for payment, after which they reserve the right ..blah, blah, …
    5. Does the things it warned of in the letter
    To get to 5. requires being a brain dead deadshit who doesn’t reply to texts, ignores his e-mails, won’t answer the phone, and throws his letters away unread.

  34. BorisG

    The worst thing here is how long it took. But also that no one involved will suffer the consequences.

    I don’t actually blame the ABC, the judgement did not say the report was inaccurate. It says there were entirely the fault of the government.

    It is interesting whether the current government will appeal it. Hopefully not.

  35. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    The more people on welfare who die means the less will be the welfare bill to the taxpayer. This may have been the point the ABC was trying to make? After the national broadcaster acts in the nation interest. Doesn’t it?

  36. Geriatric Mayfly

    Pell and Live Exports equal a smack in the mouth for the ABC. Don’t forget Mrs Jones and her heroic efforts to impeach Trump all on her own. (Fail) Now it seems they are siding with the rioting, thieving, destructive filth on US streets and we still have the US election ahead. Where’s Fletcher MHR?

  37. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I don’t actually blame the ABC, the judgement did not say the report was inaccurate.

    That report was based on set up footage. The A.B.C.didn’t bother doing any background research.

  38. Squirrel

    Furious as some members of the government parties may be about the ABC (and not just over this episode) they’re doubtless telling themselves that now is not the time because they’ve got so much else going on – which brings to mind Reagan’s memorable words – if not us who, if not now when?

    Closure is too much to hope for, but big cuts to recognise the new fiscal reality, and further cuts to support independent regional journalism, would be perfectly justifiable.

  39. jupes

    “Justice” took nine years in this case.

    That’s not justice.

  40. Boambee John

    John A
    #3472029, posted on June 2, 2020 at 2:11 pm
    Dear Prime Minister, it is now clear (legally) that the ABC is a significant liability to good government and the general prosperity of the Commonwealth of Australia.

    It is also clear that the organisation is a substantial liability, rather than an asset, to the Federal government as its owners, since it has occasioned the need for substantial damages to be paid by taxpayers in general for government actions incited by its reporting.

    Take it out of the ABC budget, but require the ABC to continue to provide emergency services broadcasts and childrens’ TV as first priority from the residual.

  41. Geriatric Mayfly

    As with most news that excites the ABC, it will give at least 5-7 minutes in tonight’s bulletin on the Court’s decision. No angle overlooked, talking heads lined up and victims (they luv ’em) given due prominence.

  42. B.A.Lert

    The abc is insidious. They pursue a juvenile anti establishment agenda with no regard for anyone they trample under foot. They believe themselves untouchable and justified in all they do. It is well and truly time to hold them to account.

  43. John64

    The only lasting legacy of the idiot son’s seventeen (yes – 17) years in the Senate.

    Has a dimmer bulb that Joe Ludwig ever occupied the benches of our Federal Parliament?

  44. Harry Truman

    Recently the Nine Media sold its NZ stake for $1 (sorry, I don’t know if it is NZ$1). Can our government contemplate selling the entire ‘It’s your ABC’ to its stuff or ABC workers unions for $A1? If they agree, fine. Let them enjoy the business and enrich themselves with that thriving ‘It’s your ABC’.
    If the unions don’t agree, then can our benign government ponder this alternative position? Each year, the budget of ‘It’s your ABC’ will shrink by 10 per cent, until it gets zero. So that our great friends in ‘It’s your ABC’ will have 10 years time to manage the transition to their ownership. The transition of ownership of the BBC comes to mind?

  45. Exit Stage Right

    Total lack of awareness from the ABC, no acknowledgment that they were the catalyst that started this whole sad affair.
    At the time they were looking for a story that would help their leftie sister Julia and also show their green credentials to help shut down the live animal (not just beef) export trade.
    Its come back to bite them on the bum, but has others have commented, no responsibility is held by by the ABC and they are reporting it as if it was not really anything to do with them.
    They have fooled BorisG, “I don’t really blame the ABC”. But as the old adage goes, you can’t fool a fool!
    The Minister responsible, Joe Ludwig, should never be able to work again and be relentlessly shamed until the day he dies.
    But no, he is a barrister believe it or not and he is probably continuing to con his clientele.
    Julia’s star continues to rise despite being an abysmal Politician and pretty much a failure going back to her early days when she was sacked from Slater and Gordon, Solicitors.
    Now swanning around the world with appointments to the UN, Wellness Trust (UK) and Beyond Blue (what was Kennett thinking?).
    In the mean time, the hapless Liberal Party will have to pick up the responsibility for a 600 million dollar plus compensation tab to pay those primary producers who have suffered over the past 9 years. But in typical Lib fashion, they will not use this as a chance to attack Labor; they seem unwilling to rock the boat under ScoMo, the Happy Clapper who just wants consensus. For fuck sake Scott, show some ticker and condemn Labor over this!

  46. Maybe insitute a rule that any fine or cost against the government stemming from a judge’s determination that a Commonwealth government’s decision relies on the factual basis of TheirABC’s report come out of the TheirABC’s budget?

  47. Carpe Jugulum

    Has a dimmer bulb that Joe Ludwig ever occupied the benches of our Federal Parliament?

    Rudd & Conroy spring to mind

  48. Robber Baron

    Illegal?

    How is it possible?

    The slapper was a lawyer. The parliament is full of lawyers. The public service is teeming with lawyers. Can everyone in government be this incompetent?

    Well… of course they all are!

  49. ArthurB

    A few days ago I began watching Teh Dumb. A few minutes into the program a panellist mentioned that people were saying that the Woo Floo crisis presented an opportunity to revamp the industrial relations system, and the presenterette immediately added that we should also use the crisis to ensure that Australia did something to address climate change. I responded by switching to another channel.

    Their ABC is beyond reform, the only solution is to defund it.

  50. Tintarella di Luna

    Chucky on Bolt

  51. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    I don’t actually blame the ABC, the judgement did not say the report was inaccurate. It says there were entirely the fault of the government.

    That would be Gillard’s labor government, thanks. As staggeringly useless, incompetent and destructive as Morristeen’s morons are, they’re not the ones responsible for the untold damage flowing from the false ALPBC four corners “special report” and the subsequent hysterical over reaction by Ludwig and Gillard (and various other labor fuckwits).

    But hey, its OK, taxpayers’ can foot the bill (yet again) for various others’ malevolence, incompetence and stupidity, so everything’s apples.

    Yet another signal example (as is the fact that the “legal proceedings’ took nine fucking years) of the unrelenting monstrous idiocy we’re expected to tolerate in this stupid, stupid country.

  52. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Julia Gilliard should thank whatever God looks after fools and politicians that the consequences of that ban were not catastrophic, to say the least. There’s a particularly obnoxious disease of cloven hoofed animals known as “Foot and mouth disease.” It’s highly contagious, and incurable – the only treatment is a bullet for the beast, and a bonfire for the carcass. Australia has been free of the disease for many years – keeping the disease out of Australia is one of the reasons for the strict quarantine laws – but two outbreaks in England in the past thirty years or so have meant the destruction of thousands of head of stock.

    “Foot and Mouth” disease is endemic in the two countries the Indons would have sourced their live cattle from – Brazil and India. Had the disease got into Indonesia, it would have been a matter of WHEN – NOT IF- WHEN it crossed into Australia, and the cost of the destruction done to Australian agriculture would have been in the order of twenty billion dollars – in the first year alone.

  53. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Gillard (along with a host of other collectivist imbeciles) should be grateful that “Foot in Mouth Disease” isn’t fatal.

  54. H B Bear

    A Gillard zombie emerges.

  55. Neil

    Another thing which died under Gillard was our car industry. Whatever happened to this deal? Holden signed a deal in 2012 when Gillard was PM to manufacture cars for another 10 years

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-22/holden-given-millions-to-stay-in-australia/3905824

    Today we’re able to say that we’ve secured their future for the next 10 years, but [also] into the future,

  56. H B Bear

    Any damages payable should come straight off the ALPBC budget.

    That should leave enough for Snowcone and a Handycam.

  57. Tel

    Another thing which died under Gillard was our car industry.

    There were a bunch of morbidity factors … the Australian car industry died with Gillard, but probably not from Gillard.

  58. Neil

    OK but Gillard signed a 10 year deal in 2012 with Holden where they said they would produce cars for another 10 years. What happened to that deal? As taxpayers we should get our money back.

    But it shows the difference between Coalition and ALP supporters. If Howard had signed a deal like that lefties would never let him forget it.

  59. H B Bear

    The unions killed the car industry before Gillard was typing for the communists,

  60. Des Deskperson

    ‘Any damages payable should come straight off the ALPBC budget.’

    That’s certainly my understanding of what happens when an APS agency has damages awarded against it. The money has to be found within its already allocated budget.

    I assume that same principle applies to the ABC.

  61. H B Bear

    Des – they are saying damages will be in they hundreds of millions. It won’t happen.

  62. H B Bear

    Of course, no award was made against the ALPBC. As usual, no care no responsibility.

  63. Snoopy

    Gillard and Ludwig shut down one industry? Those were the days.

  64. Perth Trader

    HB Bear….the damages will be in the $100 mill. The Betts family sued for $2. mill. This case opened the door for other graziers , feedlotters , shipping companies , stock agencies and transport companies to compensation. The NFF had a $4mill. fighting fund to take this case to court.

  65. the sting

    The principle of punishing Australian farmers for the actions of people in another country does not apply to other industries . It has set a very dangerous precedent . Hypothetical ….Lets apply it to Australian made cars exported overseas ….. the PC Australian way to end a car’s life is in a crusher however in Country X , a group of thugs smash them to pieces with sledgehammers , a slow process . Do we punish the original manufacturer of the Australian car ?

  66. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    HB Bear….the damages will be in the $100 mill.

    I’ve seen figures of $600 million.

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