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ANIMAL WELFARE—INDONESIA—LIVE CATTLE EXPORTS

Senator Parry, at the request of Senator Scullion, also on behalf of Senator Colbeck, and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 268—That the Senate—

 (a) deplores the inhumane treatment of cattle at some abattoirs in Indonesia;

 (b) notes that this is unacceptable to all Australians, especially our farmers, who take great pride in breeding and raising healthy and well cared for animals;

 (c) supports the suspension of trade of Australian live cattle to facilities that fail to comply with acceptable practices;

 (d) notes, with concern, the impact of a total live exports suspension to Indonesia on:

  (i) the economic, social and environmental fabric of northern Australia,

  (ii) Indigenous employment in northern Australia,

  (iii) Indonesian abattoirs already operating at acceptable standards, and

  (iv) the entire cattle industry, including producers in the south, who are already seeing reduced sale yard prices; and

 (e) calls on the Gillard Government to:

  (i) immediately establish a register of Indonesian abattoirs, to be known as the Approved Indonesian Abattoir Register, that have adopted and implemented acceptable animal welfare standards,

  (ii) require that Australian sourced cattle be processed only at abattoirs that are listed on the register,

  (iii) revoke the legislative instrument Export Control (Export of Live-stock to the Republic of Indonesia) Order 2011 on one or more Indonesian abattoirs being included on the register,

  (iv) provide support to Indonesia to bring more abattoirs up to acceptable standards, and

  (v) provide assistance to the cattle industry to deal with the consequences of this suspension.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 30

Senators—

Abetz

Adams

Back

Bernardi

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Eggleston

Ferguson

Fielding

Fifield

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Kroger

Mason

McGauran

Minchin

Nash

Parry (Teller)

Payne

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Troeth

Williams


NOES, 31

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Carr

Conroy

Crossin

Farrell

Feeney

Forshaw

Furner

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Hurley

Hutchins

Ludlam

Ludwig

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

O'Brien

Pratt

Sherry

Siewert

Stephens

Sterle

Wortley

Xenophon

Question negatived.