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Thursday, 10 October 1996
Page: 3856

Senator MARGETTS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

   (i)   on Sunday, 13 October 1996, Western Australians will march in a public display of opposition to the live sheep trade organised by People Against Cruelty in Animal Transport,

   (ii)   the Western Australian protest will coincide with a London-based protest by Compassion in World Farming at the Australian High Commission in which a wreath will be laid for the 67 488 sheep which burned to death or drowned in August 1996 with the sinking of the livestock transport ship, The Uniceb , and

   (iii)   over 5 million live sheep are exported annually from Australia to the Middle East, and each year more than 100 000 of those die from heat stroke, disease or starvation during the journey; and

(b)   calls on the Government to:

   (i)   instigate an investigation into the sinking of The Uniceb and the deaths of 67 488 sheep, including an investigation of the standards of the ship and inspection services, the presence of a veterinarian, and safety and rescue services and procedures, and

   (ii)   implement measures to prevent a similar disaster happening again.