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Australia Federal Court rules in favour of live exporters in landmark class action against Commonwealth Government

05:00  02 june  2020
05:00  02 june  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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The 300-strong class action started in 2014, seeking $600 million in compensation for lost income as a result of the ban.

The suspension came after an . In response, then-Senator Ludwig announced that trade to those abattoirs would stop.

But public pressure mounted on the Gillard government to impose a blanket ban, which it did less than a week later.

The second export control order, on June 7, 2011, was the focus for the class action's lawyers.

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