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Thursday, 24 June 2004
Page: 31576


Mr TRUSS (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) (5:30 PM) —I move:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The government has decided to accept the amendment proposed by the Senate to the. This will enable the important reforms to the livestock export trade to be implemented through the measures in this bill to be put in place as soon as possible. The Senate amendment requires some additional reporting. It is consistent with the government's intention to increase the accountability of the livestock export trade, particularly with respect to the welfare of livestock on voyages to ports outside Australia. The information that will need to be tabled as a result of this particular amendment is generally publicly available now, therefore it is little additional burden to provide this report to the parliament on a regular basis. The government is prepared to accept the amendment and I commend it to the House.