Around a year ago, the WA rock lobster fishers were up in arms over the WA Government’s plan to quarrantine a portion of the total catch for the WA domestic market, irrespective of the prevailing obscene prices, as the fishers preferred to send it all to China for the highest possible price with the least inconveniece in selling it.
Fast forward some 12 months and the fishers are now singing a very different song.
So after just a few weeks of their export markets being disrupted due to the coronavirus in China, they are not only crying in their beer, but have the absolute temerity to request Federal Government assistance.
"On Friday, seafood industries representatives held an emergency meeting with federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham and Assistant Minister for Fisheries Jonathon Duniam to discuss strategies to help the sector.
Industry figures have floated numerous proposals including price cuts and promotional campaigns to encourage local consumption, processing live lobster into frozen products like lobster tails, and the possibility of a financial support package similar to that offered to drought-stricken farmers."
Only the fishing industry could come up with this sort of disgraceful requests for Government handouts and have the temerity to attempt them to being even remotely in a similar position to the drought stricken farmers, or the graziers who lost more than 500,000 head of cattle in the NWQ floods a year ago, let alone all the victims of the recent bushfire disasters.
I am surprised that they actually stopped short of wanting a portion of the pool of bushfire victim donations to be redirected to them, despite their contempt for Aussie consumers for many years.