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Community feeling betrayed on sheep exports



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THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND

FORESTRY

SHADOW MINISTER FOR RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

SPOKESPERSON FOR COUNTRY CAUCUS

MEMBER FOR HUNTER

COMMUNITY FEELING BETRAYED ON SHEEP EXPORTS

Millions of Australians are understandably feeling betrayed today having learned

60,000 sheep are about to be shipped into the height of the searing Middle East

summer.

The exporter responsible for the Awassi Express appears to have legally

sidestepped the Government’s export licence suspension.

Having had sand kicked in its face, the Turnbull Government should now join Labor

in giving effect to a total and immediate ban on the Northern Summer live sheep

trade.

The Turnbull Government should also allow for a debate and a vote in Parliament

on Labor’s amendment to the Government’s increased penalties Bill which will

phase out the balance of the live sheep trade within 5 years.

The Parliament is not currently sitting but Labor stands ready to provide bi-partisan

support to any executive action to halt the imminent voyage.

The Opposition will welcome any opportunity to work with the Government on an

orderly transition for sheep meat producers.

TUESDAY, 10 JULY 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: EMILY DOWSWELL 0400 308 129

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.