Labor welcomes the Turnbull Government’s belated action to deny an Emanuels related company a live sheep export permit.
On Tuesday Minister Littleproud said he was powerless to act to stop 60,000 sheep embarking on a cruel voyage into the scorching northern hemisphere summer heat. It appears the sector continues to enjoy favoured treatment on his watch.
This confusion once again highlights dysfunction within the Turnbull Government.
David Littleproud must stand up and explain to the Australian people exactly what is going on. Reports via the media is not good enough for our farmers or the millions of Australians concerned about animal welfare issues.
Labor has called for a total and immediate ban on the northern summer live sheep trade and has also proposed a plan which would phase out the live sheep trade within five years. The Government is refusing to allow the Parliament to vote on Labor’s proposal.
The only way to ensure scientific animal welfare standards are met, community expectations on animal welfare are met and for certainty to be provided for our farmers is to ban the northern summer live sheep export trade and to implement an orderly phase out over a five year period.