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Motion: Live Animal Exports

Motion
Lee Rhiannon 12 Mar 2012

Lee moved the following motion which was supported only by the nine Greens Senators.

AYES
Brown, RJ, Di Natale, R, Hanson-Young, SC, Ludlam, S, Milne, C, Rhiannon, L, Siewert, R, Waters, LJ, Wright, PL

NOES
Back, CJ, Bilyk, CL, Boyce, SK, Brown, CL, Cameron, DN, Collins, JMA, Cormann, M, Faulkner, J, Feeney, D, Fierravanti-Wells, C, Fifield, MP, Furner, ML, Gallacher, AM, Joyce, B, Kroger, H, Ludwig, JW, Madigan, JJ, Marshall, GM, McEwen, A, McKenzie, B, Moore, CM, Parry, S, Polley, H, Pratt, LC, Sherry, NJ, Stephens, U, Sterle, G, Urquhart, AE, Williams, JR 

Motions, Tuesday 13 March 2012

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:39): I move:

That the Senate-

1.       Notes:

a.       Footage of animal cruelty at the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs in Jakarta that was aired on the ABC TV Lateline program on 28 February 2012 shows serious and systematic breaches of the government's new Export Supply Chain Assurance System.

b.      The RSPCA Chief Scientist has identified 61 observed incidents of non-complicance with the government's own supply chain assurance elements at the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs.

c.       Agriculture Minister Senator Ludwig has refused to publicly reveal whether Australian cattle are being exported to the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs.

d.      Making this information public would not compromise any departmental investigation, and without it the public can have no confidence that the government's new system to protect animal welfare is being monitored and enforced.

e.      A Perth based cattle exporter, International Livestock Exports, announced on 29 February that it had suspended shipments to one of the Indonesian abattoirs in question, placing the industry response ahead of the Government's response to the situation.

f.        Animal rights activists such as Animals Australia and the Indonesian activists who filmed the Jakarta abattoirs are to be congratulated for exposing the continuing cruelty in the live export industry and the failure of Australia's new regulatory regime.

2.       Calls on the Government to:

a.       Confirm whether Australian cattle are being exported to the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs.

b.      Publicly disclose the names of any companies involved in exporting live cattle to the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs in Jakarta.

c.       Immediately suspend the export licenses of those companies involved in exporting live cattle to the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs in Jakarta until an investigation has been conducted.

d.      Urgently put more resources into monitoring and enforcement of the supply chain assurance system to ensure that animal welfare is prioritised in the Government's new regulatory regime.

e.      Move to introduce a ban on live animal exports.

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