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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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Greens attend Cruelty Free Festival NSW

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon will attend the Cruelty Free Festival NSW this weekend, jointly hosted by Animal Liberation. Greens NSW have a stall at the festival. 
 
Senator Rhiannon said, “The growing interest and attendance at Cruelty Free Festivals shows there is overwhelming public demand for humane and accountable treatment of animals. Successive governments have failed to reflect that sentiment, and refused to change the disgracefully inadequate minimum animal welfare standards in many industries. 
 
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Federal, state Greens statement on NSW greyhound racing ban reversal

The decision of the major parties to back the continuation of the greyhound industry in NSW is tragic. It is a setback. But in recent months there have also been considerable achievements as more people have become aware of the need to shut down this cruel industry. 

Sadly for now the suffering of thousands of animals will continue. But it is inevitable that greyhound racing in Australia will end. There are only eight countries where this cruel sport continues on a commercial scale.

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Federal, state Greens statement on NSW greyhound racing ban reversal

The decision of the major parties to back the continuation of the greyhound industry in NSW is tragic. It is a setback. But in recent months there have also been considerable achievements as more people have become aware of the need to shut down this cruel industry. 

Sadly for now the suffering of thousands of animals will continue. But it is inevitable that greyhound racing in Australia will end. There are only eight countries where this cruel sport continues on a commercial scale.

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Urgent need for a national ban on greyhound racing

Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on reports that the NSW ban on greyhounds is at risk of a constitutional challenge. Senator Rhiannon says that a national ban on greyhound racing is needed to secure the recent ban in NSW.

“The time for a nationwide ban on greyhound racing is now. Such a ban would nullify the effect of any constitutional challenge.

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Greens welcome news Elder is quitting live exports

The Greens have welcomed news that Elder, one of the largest suppliers to the live export market, is pulling out of live cattle and sheep exports. 

Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “This is good news for animal welfare and good news for domestic meat processing. 

“The Greens are calling for a transition towards domestic meat processing, which would deliver new skilled and semi-skilled jobs in regional areas. 

“Ending the cruel live export trade and boosting local industry and jobs go hand in hand. 

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