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RALPH HUNT MEDIA

DEPUTY LEADER NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

EXPORT OF LIVE SHEEP FROM AUSTRALIA

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The Shadow Minister for Primary Industry, Mr Ralph Hunt, expressed concern about suggestions that we should terminate the live sheep trade within a 5 to 7 year period.

The Senate Select Committee on Animal Welfare recommended that the trade should continue for some years but seeks improvements to animal care and welfare.

Mr Hunt said it would be placing the sheepmeat industry at risk if it was resolved to terminate the export of live sheep from Australia within the next 5 to 7 years.

The sheepmeat industry is facing unfair competition in its Middle Eastern markets from subsidised European Community surpluses and whilst it will continue to be very difficult to maintain our refrigerated sheepmeat trade to our traditional markets there is

every prospect that we can continue to increase the live export trade to Middle Eastern markets.

Mr Hunt said the Australian community cannot afford to lose one export market after another.''

"We need to maximise every market opportunity.

"Whilst it is necessary to give due consideration to the welfare and care in the handling of the sheep in transit it is of vital importance to ensure that we maintain our live sheep markets in the Middle East for as long as those markets remain," Mr Hunt said.

CANBERRA 15 August 1985

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