WA Premier Colin Barnett says Clive Palmer’s recent labelling of the Chinese as ‘mongrels’ has slowed live export momentum

ABC Rural

By Bridget Fitzgerald

Photo: Businessman and politician Clive Palmer has apologised for calling the Chinese Government ‘mongrels’ and ‘bastards’, but his comments have had repercussions for the live cattle trade.

Politician and businessman Clive Palmer’s insulting remarks about the Chinese have affected West Australian chances of closing a live beef cattle export trade deal into China.

Mr Palmer recently labelled the Chinese ‘mongrels’ and ‘bastards’ on a live-to-air ABC television broadcast.

The Queensland MP has since apologised.

WA Premier Colin Barnett says Mr Palmer’s comments have slowed the momentum for live export into China.

Audio: Colin Barnett says Clive Palmer’s China insult has impacted WA live export opportunity (ABC Rural)

Western Australian exporters were expected to commence sending live cattle to China within the next three to four months.

But Mr Barnett says Mr Palmer’s ‘unfortunate comments’ have pushed the timeframe back.

"The enthusiasm’s dropped away. I think that will be temporary," the Premier said.

"But there’s no doubt, you cannot have prominent people in Australia insulting the Chinese without a consequence."

Mr Barnett says Australian producers need to remember that China ‘is a very different political and economic structure than Australia’.

"I think any decision or trial in that area will be on a government to government basis."