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Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Page: 6052


Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (15:59): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator CHISHOLM: Labor supports the motion and strongly urges the Morrison government to allow its members in the other place to be given the opportunity to vote on this matter. As Senator Hinch pointed out, two members in the Morrison government have made their views clear on this matter. The member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, and the member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, have both called for a ban and a phase-out of the live export sheep trade, yet yesterday they chose to vote against the move to bring the bill on for debate. This is a show of unacceptable hypocrisy, especially since the vote was so close—ayes 70, noes 72.

The Morrison government must do the right thing and support the procedural motions to bring the Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018 on for debate and give all MPs, including those in the ministry, a conscience vote on this important issue.