Indonesian minister blasts back at Pauline Hanson’s four-letter Bali slur as foot and mouth disease row rages on and warns her to ‘NEVER insult Bali’
- Pauline Hanson sparked international row when she said Bali was covered in s***
- Outburst came in comments about Indonesia’s foot and mouth disease outbreak
- She warned travellers were coming back with ‘that s***’ on their clothing
- Indonesian tourism minister has blasted back, warning her to ‘never insult Bali’
The controversial One Nation leader told Senate on Thursday that Bali’s approach to disease control is ‘totally different to other countries’ in another scathing attack on the government’s response to foot and mouth disease.
‘Cattle roam the streets, cattle s*** on the ground, people walk in that s***,’ she said.
A top Indonesian minister fired back at Pauline Hanson’s claims that foot and mouth disease will enter Australia from Bali because ‘people walk in s***’.
‘That s*** is then brought back in their clothing and on their person and back into this country.’
Indonesian Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno hit back at Ms Hanson’s comments, saying they were unfounded and insensitive.
‘Firmly and with straightforwardness, I say, never insult Bali, Indonesia’s tourism icon and centre,’ he said.
‘Don’t disturb (our) peace, moreover our economic recovery with untruthful statements.
‘Oh yes, FYI, Bali is not a country. Next time, please check it first in Google.’
Indonesian Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno (pictured centre right) hit back at Pauline Hanson’s comments, saying they were unfounded and insensitive.
Indonesian Veterinary Medical Association’s Professor Ketut Puja added: ‘Maybe she has never been to Bali. [What she described] is the ancient time.’
‘Today’s Bali is different. You don’t find cows wandering around in Denpasar, for instance. They are definitely not in cities.
‘They are in cages, in villages or tied up at coconut trees in someone’s field.’
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s Government has defended its response to viral fragments of foot and mouth disease found in Melbourne, despite worries from the agricultural industry which faces a $80billion loss if the disease enters the country.
The Opposition has called for Australia to shut its borders to Indonesia in response to a foot and mouth disease in the country, including major Australian tourist destination Bali.
Australian Meat Industry Council chief executive Patrick Hutchinson said the disease is most likely to enter Australia through smuggled meat, not dirty footwear
Australian Meat Industry Council chief executive Patrick Hutchinson said the disease is most likely to enter Australia through smuggled meat, not dirty footwear.
‘The key thing I say to people who want a ban is when was the last outbreak globally caused by poo on the boot (of travellers returning from Bali)?,’ he told The Age.
Professor Wiku Adisasmito said earlier this week the rate of the disease’s spread has slowed in Bali and that the government ‘hope to have the disease under control by the end of this year’.
Less than 5 per cent of Indonesia’s livestock have been vaccinated against the disease due to a shortage.
But Professor Adisasmito insisted: ‘We are doing everything we can to minimise the chain of transmission.’
FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE FACTS
- It is a highly infectious and contagious ‘zoonotic’ disease that infects cattle, sheep, pigs, goat and deer with blisters, they also drool and limp
- The meat of infected animals is not safe to eat
- Exports from any country with infection are banned
- Milk production stops as humans can catch the disease from drinking milk
- Healthy animals must be killed and burned inside a quarantine zone
- The disease was detected in Indonesia in May 2022 and has spread to Bali
- People can spread the disease from contact with animals including on shoes, thongs and luggage
- The estimated threat to the Australian economy is $80billion
- Over six million cattle had to be destroyed during an outbreak in the UK in 2001