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Export credit agency backflips on live exports, Greens call for documents

The Senate has passed a Greens motion calling on the Turnbull government to release documents relating to Australia’s export finance credit agency (EFIC) and live exports (below).
The motion follows an extraordinary backflip by EFIC last week, after state director Phil Smith said the agency did not fund the live export trade because it involved ‘too much cruelty’. 
On Thursday EFIC’s chief executive contradicted Mr Smith, calling the comments untrue and the situation ‘embarrassing’.
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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON: I had a question on notice from October 2015, question 155. The answer from those estimates advised that the Australian government had not made any formal representations to Californian law makers about kangaroo market access to California. But I understand that the government—

Mr Quinlivan: Sorry, this is a different area and we will just get the right officers to the table.

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Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee: Environment and Energy Portfolio: Director of National Parks

Monday, February 27, 2017

Senator RHIANNON: Are there plans to export platypuses—possibly from Taronga Zoo to San Diego Zoo?

Mr Knudson : I think we would be dealing with that under 1.1. The Threatened Species Commissioner could talk about that in more detail at that point.

Senator RHIANNON: Has 1.1 already been done?

Mr Thompson : Wildlife trade? Maybe the commissioner should deal with that.

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Motion: Wildlife Management: Bathurst

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:42): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the Bathurst community in New South Wales is leading the way in creating an innovative and non-lethal solution to wildlife conflict management at the internationally renowned Mount Panorama car racing circuit,

   (ii) Mount Panorama's car races are internationally significant in motor racing and are of important economic benefit to Bathurst,

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California recognises the “swampy” world of kangaroo politics – species at risk

11 January 2017

California recognises the “swampy” world of kangaroo politics – species at risk

The Californian government’s Fair Political Practices Commission has warned the Australian government to stop their underhand tactics to restart the trade in kangaroo products into California, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

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Senate Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Senator RHIANNON: I have questions about Australia's work to open up the kangaroo market around the world. What department funding has been allocated to grow and promote the market overseas?

Mr Hackett: I would like to say that I have expertise such as it is in opening up the market for California but no broader than that.

Senator RHIANNON: I too have questions about California but also for other countries. Maybe your colleague can help.

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Senate Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio (Exports Division)

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

CHAIR: We will now move on to the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System, or ESCAS.

Senator RHIANNON: The 2014 review of ESCAS found that nearly 13,000 animals had been transported outside approved channels between 2012 and 2014. Can you inform us how many animals have been known to move outside ESCAS since 2014?

Dr Clegg: I do not have that information with me, but I can provide it to you after this.

Senator RHIANNON: You will take that on notice?

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