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Notice given 23 June 2003

491  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the June 2003 edition of the Australian Veterinary Association Journal contained a report from a veterinarian, Dr Petra Sidhom, entitled ‘Welfare of cattle transported from Australia to Egypt’,

(ii) the report described thousands of animals enduring overcrowded and filthy conditions and inadequate ventilation while aboard the livestock carriers at sea,

(iii) the report also detailed that those animals that did survive the journey to Egypt were, upon arrival, turned over to ill-prepared and inexperienced stockmen and slaughtermen, resulting in extreme cruelty and suffering, and

(iv) the author’s statement that she ‘negotiated a range of measures to improve the situation with representatives of LiveCorp, but none has yet been put into practice’;

(b) expresses concern at the prospect of the Government and LiveCorp being far more interested in expanding live export and international trade opportunities than ensuring the welfare of the animals that it exports; and

(c) calls on the Government to introduce, as a minimum, an immediate moratorium on live exports to Egypt, the Persian Gulf, and other areas of the Middle East, until these countries adopt similar animal welfare laws and codes of practice to those of Australia in the areas of transportation and slaughter.

By the last sitting day in June 2003 (26 June 2003)

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s relationship with Papua New Guinea and other Pacific island countries.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the administration of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the import risk assessment on New Zealand apples.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the administration of AusSAR in relation to the search for the Margaret J .

Superannuation—Select Committee

Report to be presented on planning for retirement.

On 30 June 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on funding under the Dairy Regional Assistance Program.

On the first day of the Spring sittings 2003 (11 August 2003)

Government Business—Order of the Day

*1  HIH Royal Commission (Transfer of Records) Bill 2003— ( Special Minister of State, Senator Abetz )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( 24 June 2003 ).

On 11 August 2003

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill 2003. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Legal and Constitutional References Committee

Report to be presented on progress towards national reconciliation.

Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 5) 2003. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

General Business—Order of the Day

51  Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill 2003—( Senate bill )— ( Senator Conroy )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( Senator Conroy, in continuation, 6 March 2003 ).

On 12 August 2003

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Medicare—Select Committee

Report to be presented.

General Business—Notices of Motion