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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Page: 9238


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:55): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: Australia maintains world-class animal welfare standards. The public can be proud of the high standards of animal husbandry practised by our farmers. Meat processing facilities are required to comply with Australia's animal welfare laws. Meat processors operate in a highly competitive market and are sensitive to the costs that red tape and regulatory burdens have on business viability. State and territory governments are the responsible jurisdictions for animal welfare standards.

The motion presupposes a public consultation period on new and updated draft animal welfare standards and guidelines for poultry. Animal Health Australia is seeking public submissions on the guidelines between 27 November 2017 and 26 February 2018. State and territory agricultural ministers will consider the draft guidelines in light of public submissions.

Question negatived.