Today Minister David Littleproud revealed yet another delay to the release of the Moss Review – commissioned on the back of the shocking footage of animal cruelty on the Awassi Express.
This review is already eight weeks overdue, and more than six months since we saw the shocking footage. This delay is unacceptable.
Littleproud’s comments made at the National Farmers’ Federation Congress indicate a failure of the Morrison Government to show true leadership in the agriculture sector.
The Minister has been sitting on the report - he should release it today.
It is critical that the findings and recommendations are made public to begin the process of rebuilding trust and independence in the live export regulator.
The Moss Review was called by Minister Littleproud in response to April’s 60 Minutes report. Its purpose was to review the capabilities, investigative capacity and culture of the independent regulator for live exports, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and was due to report on 24 August.
Since then, farmers have been left to languish in a state of limbo and hundreds of thousands of sheep remain stranded because the Government has failed to provide certainty or to communicate a plan for the live sheep export trade. Littleproud has refused to make the tough decisions.
The Morrison Government’s chaos and confusion continues to harm our agriculture sector.