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15    Animal Welfare— Live export of equine animals

Senator Rhiannon, also on behalf of the Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (Senator Hinch), amended general business notice of motion no. 342 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

               (a)       recognises that:

                                     (i)       on 24 March 2017, following trade talks between the Prime Minister and the Chinese Premier, the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Honourable Barnaby Joyce MP, was widely reported as stating that if people want edible donkey skins, Australia is going to provide them,

                                    (ii)       the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (“the Department”) confirmed in hearings of the Budget estimates held in May 2017 it is working on Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) arrangements for horses, ponies and donkeys for the purposes of slaughter in the event an application,

                                  (iii)       the Department has provided animal welfare groups with information about the Export Control (Animals) Amendment (Equine Animals) Order 2017 for comment, and

                                  (iv)       the Australian Livestock Exporters Council, the peak body of Australia’s current livestock export industry, has stated that it and its members do not support the commencement of any trade in the live export of horses and donkeys from Australia for slaughter; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to heed community expectations and definitively ban the export of live horses, ponies and donkeys for slaughter.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 38

Senators—

Brown

Gallagher

Lambie

Rice

Burston

Georgiou

Ludlam

Siewert

Cameron

Gichuhi

Marshall

Singh

Carr

Griff

McKim

Sterle

Chisholm

Hanson

Moore

Urquhart*

Collins

Hanson-Young

O’Neill

Waters

Dastyari

Hinch

Polley

Watt

Di Natale

Kakoschke-Moore

Pratt

Whish-Wilson

Farrell

Ketter

Rhiannon

Xenophon

Gallacher

Kitching

 

 

 

NOES, 26

Senators—

Abetz

Fierravanti-Wells

Nash

Ruston

Bernardi

Fifield

O’Sullivan

Ryan

Birmingham

Hume

Paterson

Scullion

Bushby*

Leyonhjelm

Payne

Seselja

Canavan

Macdonald

Reynolds

Smith

Duniam

McGrath

Roberts

Williams

Fawcett

McKenzie

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.