Millions of Australians are understandably feeling betrayed today having learned 60,000 sheep are about to be shipped into the height of the searing Middle East summer.
The exporter responsible for the Awassi Express appears to have legally sidestepped the Government’s export licence suspension.
Having had sand kicked in its face, the Turnbull Government should now join Labor in giving effect to a total and immediate ban on the Northern Summer live sheep trade.
The Turnbull Government should also allow for a debate and a vote in Parliament on Labor’s amendment to the Government’s increased penalties Bill which will phase out the balance of the live sheep trade within 5 years.
The Parliament is not currently sitting but Labor stands ready to provide bi-partisan support to any Executive action to halt the imminent voyage.
The Opposition will welcome any opportunity to work with the Government on an orderly transition for sheep meat producers.