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Question Without Notice No. 463 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 May 2020 by Hon Colin Tincknell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

BARLEY EXPORTS — CHINESE TARIFFS

463. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to the response to China's imposition of tariffs on Western Australian barley.

(1) Does the Premier now regret not taking a stronger stance against the bullying tactics and language used by China in the preceding weeks?

(2) Has the Premier asked for advice from his billionaire mining mates on how to deal with China's decision to impose a nearly 80 per cent tariff on Western Australian barley imports?

(3) Does the Premier plan to respond to China's imposition overnight of punitive tariffs on Western Australian barley imports?

The PRESIDENT: Leader of the House, I think Hon Colin Tincknell might be seeking an opinion in the middle of that question.

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

Yes. Anyway, I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The Premier has urged the federal government to deal with this issue and has reached out personally to the Prime Minister, offering his help.

(2) In reference to ''billionaire mining friends'', it is unclear to whom the honourable member is referring.

(3) The Premier expects the federal government to respond swiftly to the issue of tariffs on Australian barley.