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Senator Georges accused of causing grave damage to live sheep trade



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OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN ON TRADE HON. TOM MCVEIGH M.P.

SENATOR GEORGES ACCUSED OF CAUSING GRAVE DAMAGE TO LIVE SHEEP TRADE

Opposition Spokesman on Trade, Mr Tom McVeigh, today said Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Animal Welfare, Senator George Georges, has caused grave damage to the Australian live sheep industry and downgraded the credibility of the Committee's Report on live sheep trade..

" The Committee issued a responsible Report which recognised both economic and welfare considerations in the live sheep trade. Senator Georges overrode the findings of the Report by dominating its public release with the addition of his personal views, which were contrary to the actual conclusions of the Report.

" Australia's $200 million live sheep export trade earns vital export dollars for'Australia and plays an important role in ' the cycle of the industry. ■ .

Mr McVeigh said," The Opposition is committed to the continuation of live sheep exports and any action necessary to ensure the unhindered continuation of exports."

" The sheep industry cannot afford to have welfare extremists, such as Senator Georges, who are unable to take a balanced view on questions such as live sheep exports placed in charge of parliamentary committees that play a part in determining the

future of industry operations.

Mr McVeigh called on Senator Georges to issue a further media statement outlining the findings of the Committee and to refrain from the addition of his personal views.

CONTACT: Mr Tom McVeigh / Kerry McGeorge 076 32.4144