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Senate today debates crossbench bill to end live sheep exports – support growing

A bill to end live sheep exports, co-sponsored by three crossbench Senators, has been introduced for debate in the Senate today. 

The Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018 is cosponsored by Senators Lee Rhiannon, Derryn Hinch and Tim Storer.

Greens animal welfare and rights spokesperson Senator Rhiannon said, “Our priority in preparing this particular Bill has been to end the shocking cruelty that tens of thousands of sheep must endure when they are exported for overseas slaughter. 

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio: Australian Livestock Export Corporation Limited

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Awassi sheep/Live export

Senator RHIANNON: Mr Thompson or Ms Clegg, I want to ask about mortality figures. Do you believe that the mortality figures reported to the department from the each shipment are accurate? What I'm trying to understand is on what you base this belief, considering crew are throwing carcasses into hoggers or overboard?

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio: Meat & Livestock Australia

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Live export

Senator RHIANNON: Mr Norton, did you watch 60 Minutes on 8 April?

Mr Norton : Yes.

Senator RHIANNON: What was your response?

Mr Norton : I thought it was quite shocking.

Senator RHIANNON: Considering your position at MLA, in that context, what was your response?

Mr Norton : Again, I thought that the whole situation was quite shocking to watch.

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Greens call on Turnbull to back Ley’s live export Bill

MEDIA RELEASE – 21 May 2018

Greens call on Turnbull to back Ley’s live export Bill

Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Sussan Ley for introducing a Bill to the House of Representatives to transition out of live sheep exports and has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to support the Bill.

“I congratulate Sussan Ley for taking a stand against animal cruelty and introducing this Bill to the House of Representatives to transition Australia out of the live sheep export trade.

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Live export review a con – Crossbench Senate Bill to proceed: Greens

The Australian Greens today confirmed the crossbench Senate bill to end live sheep exports will proceed on June 18 after the Independent Review of Conditions for the Export of Sheep’s failed to give recommendations that would guarantee that the mass deaths of sheep on live export ships will end.

“Minister David Littleproud effectively set this inquiry up to deliver recommendations that suit the interests of the live export industry,” Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

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Senate plan to transition away from live sheep exports

A pathway to transition away from the live sheep export trade could be in place before the end of the year if Senate crossbenchers can win support for their Private Members Bill.

Senators Lee Rhiannon and Derryn Hinch have given notice of the Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-Haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018. They hope it will be debated and voted on during the June Senate sitting.

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Call for Labor to back Greens bill to end live sheep exports

The end to live sheep exports within two years is now within reach if Labor and the cross bench back the Greens bill to transition out of live animal exports within 2 years.

The Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long‑haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018 will be introduced into parliament next week and sets out a two year transition plan to achieve a complete prohibition on the export of live sheep by long-haul sea voyages.

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Animal welfare organisations take the lead on addressing live exports – Turnbull government must act

Media release – 3rd May

Animal welfare organisations take the lead on addressing live exports – Turnbull government must act

Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Animals Australia and the RSCPA for offering to contribute $500,000 each to a structural adjustment package for sheep producers to assist with a transition out of the live sheep export trade.

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Greens' plan to transition live sheep export industry to local processing backed by meat workers union

Greens' plan to transition live sheep export industry to local processing backed by meat workers union

The Australian Greens will today launch their '5-Point Plan to End Cruelty and Expand Jobs' that would quickly transition the live sheep export trade to a boxed, chilled meat trade processed locally. The plan has the backing of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU).

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