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Deal or no deal? Producers, workers and industry left in limbo by inactive, secretive Liberals

• Where are the details on JBS transition?
• Livelihoods at stake as Liberals miss deadlines and feed uncertainty
• Inaction places stress on workers and producers
The Liberal Government must release details of the deal Treasurer Peter Gutwein claimed would be done by Tuesday to transition operations at JBS’s Devonport abattoir to Tasmanian Quality Meats.
“It’s been 48 hours since the Treasurer said a deal would have been finalised yet workers and producers are still in limbo,” Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Shane Broad said.
“Now the Treasurer is crab walking away and leaving it to Guy Barnett to change the language to ‘if’ a deal is done.
“Is there a deal or not? People’s livelihoods across the entire red meat sector are at stake.
“This deal was supposed to be settled weeks ago yet all we have is uncertainty.
“The Government’s failure to provide an update is putting great stress on workers and their families, pork, lamb and beef suppliers and leaves in doubt the future of the Quoiba saleyards.
“We have a churn of Primary Industries Ministers – three in a month – as the scandal-plagued Liberals focus more on themselves than securing a vital Tasmanian industry.”

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