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Motion: Live animal exports

Lee Rhiannon 8 Feb 2018

NOTICE OF MOTION                                                                                      7 February 2018

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that –

That the Senate –

  1. Notes that:
    1. According to the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU), since 1990 more than 40,000 jobs in Australian meat processing have been lost to live exports;
    2. According to the AMIEU, independent research shows that a sheep processed in Australia is worth 20 per cent more to the economy than one sent for live export;
    3. The live export industry has been plagued by horrific animal cruelty; and
  2. Calls on the Turnbull government to:

i. Support the development of new meat processing facilities in northern Australia;
ii. Work with industry to end subsidies and tariffs which favour the live export trade;
iii. Provide assistance to expand the boxed meat export trade;
iv. Work with farmers and industry to develop a smooth and successful transition away from live export by assisting to build new abattoirs, all-weather roads and developing other ways to reduce production costs.


Senate divided:

Ayes- Greens, Hinch
Noes- Liberals, Nationals, Labor

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