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Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Page: 6051

Senator HINCH (Victoria) (15:56): I inform the chamber that Senator Brown will also be sponsoring this motion and I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1022 standing in my name and the names of Senators Brown, Faruqi and Storer by deleting paragraphs (a) and (b) and replacing them with new paragraphs (a) and (b) and adding paragraph (c).

Leave granted.

Senator HINCH: I move, and also on behalf of Senators Brown, Faruqi and Storer, the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) recognises that the Senate passed the Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018 on 10 September 2018—ayes 31; noes 28;

(b) notes that following its passage through the Senate, efforts to bring the same bill on for debate in 'the other place' failed—ayes 70; noes 72; and

(c) calls on the Government to:

   (i) allow Government MPs in the 'the other place', including those in the ministry, to support the procedural motions to bring the Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018 on for debate; and

   (ii) give their MPs, including those in the ministry, a conscience vote on this important issue.

I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator HINCH: I want to add to this today by saying that, in what I believe was a show of shocking hypocrisy, two vocal supporters of the live exports bill, the member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, and the member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, who were recently elevated to the outer ministry in Prime Minister Morrison's reshuffle, voted against a motion to bring on their own bill for debate. In a joint press statement issued yesterday, both MPs directly contradicted their previous public statements that this issue should not be directed by political considerations and that industry self-regulation would not prevent serious breaches of animal welfare standards on long-haul exports of live sheep.