The Turnbull Government has failed to even list their Bill to increase penalties for breaches of animal welfare standards in the live export sector in next week’s House of Representatives program.
The Government pulled their Export Legislation Amendment (Live-Stock) Bill 2018 in the last House of Representatives sitting week following my announcement that Labor will move amendments to the Bill which, if successful, would put an immediate stop to the Northern Hemisphere Summer live sheep trade and phase-out the balance of the trade within five years.
Following the McCarthy Review, the Government spruiked increased penalties as a key response to on-going beaches of animal welfare standards. Labor stands ready to support increased penalties but the science is clear, the northern summer trade must end.
It appears the Turnbull Government is running scared, concerned a number of Coalition MPs will support Labor’s amendments.
Given Labor is four Members down pending by-election results and Rebekah Sharkie makes five, it’s extraordinary the Prime Minister isn’t confident about defeating our amendments and won’t allow the vote to be brought on.
How much longer is Malcolm Turnbull prepared to delay the penalty increases his Government claimed were so urgent?