Transcript - Radio Interview - FiveAA Adelaide - Friday 20 April 2018

SUBJECTS:  Live export; Ley’s PMB; Labor calls for suspension of live sheep trade to Middle East in northern summer; NFF criticism of Inspector General.

LEON BYNER: Joel Fitzgibbon, good morning.  Do you like the sound of what Sussan Ley’s proposing?

JOEL FITZGIBBON, SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES, FORESTRY AND RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA:  Great to be with you Leon.  Look, I obviously agree with Sussan’s criticism of the sector absolutely, and I have been expressing that concern for some time myself.  What is very, very clear is that the standards are not sufficient and that the rules have not been properly enforced and people have not been held to account.  Deep and meaningful reform is absolutely necessary and that is why when I was speaking to you a week or more ago, I said the best way to get deep and meaningful reform is for the major parties to be working together. Sadly the Government is lagging and of course people like Sussan are peeling away, and a couple of people on my own side have made some public comment as well. We cannot wait a number of more weeks for a decision to be made about the northern summer trade.  The clock is ticking and enquiry after enquiry is not the response the community is looking for.

BYNER: Well Bill Shorten today, in the media, it is across a lot of the multi-media services, is on the record as saying, look, we can’t wait for the enquiry, which is basically what you just said.  Does Labor officially now want to al