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Aussie workers 'collateral damage' in escalating trade feud with China

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A new report has indicated more Australian workers are suffering as collateral damage amid splintering trade relations with China.

Since China imposed 80 percent tariffs on Australian barley in May, they have also extended trade sanctions to coal, copper ore, sugar, wine, crayfish, and a blanket ban on timber.

More than 150 direct jobs in the nation’s timber industry have so far been lost – with fears the figure could rise to 1000 if diplomatic relations are not settled.

Local crayfisherman have also felt the pinch, having been forced to sell in local markets for lower prices.

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