Great News

April 12th, 2010 at 2:13 pm by David Farrar

Trans-Tasman report:

The Trans Tasman Political Letter reports informed sources in
Wellington advise NZ has won a spectacular victory against
Australia in the World Trade Organisation  in the case it  took
to secure free access to the Australian market for apples.

The sources say the panel, which adjudicated the long-running
dispute, comprehensively rejected the Australian defence.
Australia has blocked the import of NZ apples, despite the
existence of a agreement, and scientific support for
the NZ argument there is no risk of the transmission of fire
blight.

This is a huge and long awaited victory.

NZPA provides background:

The trade row has been running since NZ apples were first banned from Australia over 80 years ago after fireblight was found on this side of the Tamsan .

Though New Zealand scientists have found fireblight in Australian ornamental plants and also showed that the bacterial disease is unlikely to be transmitted on mature, clean fruit, efforts to gain access to the potentially-lucrative Australian market in 1986, 1989, and 1995 were rejected.

Further talks over the restrictions also failed when New Zealand was given access with conditions so strict that exports would not be economically viable and so it applied to the WTO for the matter to be resolved in 2007.

If the Australian Government refuses to accept the ruling, them NZ can apply for sanctions. With Rudd, you never now what he might do. He should just accept the ruling.

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17 Responses to “Great News”

  1. TimG_Oz (862 comments) says:

    Fantastic – whenever the Aussie farmers get their knickers in a twist over fireblight, they have a farmers market right outside state parliament (near where I work) and give away free yummy produce for breakfast.

    Yay! Looking forward to some scrummy food!

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  2. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Yay reparations!

    All your jandles are belong to us.

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  3. KiwiGreg (3,255 comments) says:

    The aussie ban was a classic non-tarriff trade barrier for a small special interest group. Australian consumers of course pay the price in the form of higher apple prices.

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  4. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Not any more Greg.

    Watch the smear campaign the Aussies run with now.

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  5. Gooner (995 comments) says:

    Yeehar!

    Aussies sell minerals to make their fortune.

    We sell Apples.

    We can all retire next week! :)

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  6. Brian Harmer (687 comments) says:

    Pound to a pinch that the Aussies defy the ruling.

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  7. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    We sell Apples.

    We can all retire next week!

    Not so fast there bud – China has just applied for a permit to import theirs to Aussie as well.

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  8. wreck1080 (3,917 comments) says:

    shows what a shit country we really are economically speaking. We’re a bunch of peasant farmers celebrating that we can take our apples to market.

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  9. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    >>Not so fast there bud – China has just applied for a permit to import theirs to Aussie as well.<<

    Dam .. Looks like were back to US ship visits.

    Its always a worry when China gets involved… I see a lot of Chinise breaking the rules on those boarder security programe on TV..
    It only takes one fireblight scare for NZ to be back to square one .. and the Chinise will have the Australian apple market to themselves.

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  10. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Export Beaven. Export to, import from.

    Whew look at size o my marrows Mr Wreck, they’ll be talkn bout this down pub t’night ah reckn.

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  11. Right of way is Way of Right (1,122 comments) says:

    First the Apples, next the Pavlova!

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  12. Repton (769 comments) says:

    It only takes one fireblight scare for NZ to be back to square one .. and the Chinise will have the Australian apple market to themselves.

    If I read the news reports correctly, the basic argument is:
    1. Fireblight isn’t transmitted by mature export-quality apples.
    2. Fireblight has been found in Australia anyway.

    So, basically, we have fireblight but Australia shouldn’t care.

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  13. Richard Hurst (859 comments) says:

    If Oz rejects the ruling then we are left with no choice- WAR! By joining with our glorious Chinese allies we will crush the traitorous Aussies and divide Australia into three- We’ll take Queensland, NSW, Victoria , China can have W.A with all those minerals and the Aborigines can have the Northern Territory. The surviving Aussie population will be transported to Tasmania and left to it. Perfect!

    And people say I’m mad. Ha! Nurse my pills please! I’m hearing the voices again….

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  14. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    If NZ was an Australian state, or better still two Australian states, there would never have been a problem.

    Will the Aussies now try to whack NZ apple growers because they are bringing in labour from Melanesia? Or do the Aussie growers do this, too?

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  15. boredboy (250 comments) says:

    “All your jandals are belong to us”

    LOL! Classic!

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  16. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    No need Richard, in case you missed it we’ve already succesfully invaded Sydney.

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  17. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    Brian Harmer is quite right. Australia will just ignore the judgement. (and its Election year).

    When the two major Australian supermarkets accept New Zealand apples from growers, at uneconomic prices, will there be any sign of movement.

    Simply, like rugby, there are one set of rules for Australia, and another for anybody else. It will not change over apples.

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