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THIS fortnight marks a decade since northern Australia was thrown into turmoil with the airing of A Bloody Business, showing the atrocious handling of Australian cattle in Indonesian facilities.
A time I remember all too well for the massive mix of emotions it evoked. My husband and I were still finding our feet, after only stepping out into our own livestock agency, heavily reliant on live exports, the four months prior.
I walked around the Charters Towers sale the morning following Joe Ludwig's suspension on live export into Indonesia, and I remember the shellshock of the people there. Agriculture in the north is always uncertain due to the climate, but to be so blatantly disregarded on a whim by the federal government was something else.
As I reflect on what's happened over those 10 years, I've pondered on what I've learnt as an individual and what we've learnt collectively as a broad community and an industry. I think one of the biggest lessons, although one that is still often disregarded, is that apathy is our biggest enemy. This time 10 years ago, there was an air of desperation to share what we did well, to connect, to talk, to communicate.
While that pace we ran at during that frenzied time couldn't be sustained for an extended period, for a lot of the part, we've seemed to slip off the other end of the scale again and have gone to ground and just talk among ourselves.
Ten years on, we still have the catch cry of "telling our story" and more should do it. We should be proactive rather than reactive. In some instances, it seems that we've fallen back into waiting for that horse to bolt before we do anything about the dodgy stable door. It's not a cycle I want to spiral into.
But by golly, there have been many positives coming out of that time. We found our voices, we found each other, and we learnt what we could achieve all singing from the same hymn sheet.
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