Australian politics is so robust…this sledge is pretty good. Predictably there were howls of outrage:
THE head of one of Australia’s largest agriculture companies has compared the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, to a ”non-productive old cow” during a speech in Adelaide this week.
David Farley, the chief executive of Australian Agricultural Company – commonly known as AACo – was giving a 30-minute lecture at the Invigorating Agriculture conference on Thursday when the comments were made, according to InDaily, a South Australian independent news site.
Mr Farley yesterday told the Herald the comments were ”tongue in cheek” and taken out of context.
AACo, which is Australia’s largest beef cattle company, has plans to build an abattoir near Darwin. It would specialise in killing older cows for cheap meat as a way of adding value for farmers when the cattle are no longer productive.
”This plant is designed to process old cows,” Mr Farley told the conference. ”So the old cows that become non-productive, instead of making a decision to either let her die in the paddock or put her in the truck … this gives us a chance to take non-productive animals off and put them through the processing system.
”So it’s designed for non-productive old cows – Julia Gillard’s got to watch out.”
InDaily reported the remark was met with sustained laughter from the crowd.