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Monday, 19 October 2015
Page: 11749

Live Animal Exports

(Question No. 846)

Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, in writing, on 10 August 2015:

(1) Will he direct his department to act under Section 17 of the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 to compel exporters to retrieve sheep that are being sold illegally in a banned Kuwaiti market.

(2) Will his department be withdrawing from the exporter, any further export permits to Kuwait while this matter is being investigated.

Mr Joyce: The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) No, a direction to buy sheep which have been sold in a foreign market is beyond the scope of section 17 of the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 (AMLI Act). The power to give directions does not extend to livestock which have already been exported.

(2) No. The investigation is currently ongoing. The Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System is not designed to stop trade; it is designed to remedy problems when they are identified. Additional conditions can and will be applied to markets as required.