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Littleproud statement on Al Shuwaikh

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T h e H o n . D a v i d L i t t l e p r o u d M P

M i n i s t e r f o r A g r i c u l t u r e a n d W a t e r R e s o u r c e s


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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Littleproud statement on Al Shuwaikh

“All decisions on live export licencing, issuing of export permits and related matters are made by the independent regulator alone. I have no power to interfere in the operations of the independent regulator.

“I have official advice from the regulator confirming I have no power in these matters.

“I hope this clears up misleading assertions made earlier today.

“In April, after seeing shocking 2017 footage of sheep on the live export ship the Awassi Express, I immediately called the Moss Review into the regulator’s capability, culture and investigative powers.

“The Moss review is due in late August and I look forward to receiving it.

“I’ve already signed an order enabling photographs and information from the independent observer on all live export ships to be made public from every journey.

“I’ve called several times for Labor to join with me to pass my Bill doubling penalties for live exporters who do the wrong thing, and allowing for serious jail time for company directors,” Minister Littleproud said.

“No sane person can argue against that.

“If Labor now finally wants to work together with me to get the job done, fantastic. If Labor gives me written agreement it will support my Bill unamended in both Houses of Parliament, I will reintroduce it.”

BACKGROUND: In a recent letter to Minister Littleproud, the RSPCA said:

“Increasing penalties for exporters and others in the export supply chain who breach Australia’s laws and regulations will assist in deterring non-compliance and create extra incentives for exporters to prioritise and invest further in ensuring the highest possible animal welfare standards are maintained at all times.

“We believe this Bill will go some way to enabling the Department to impose more meaningful sanctions in cases of non-compliance with Australia’s laws and regulations in the future.”

On May 18, NFF President Fiona Simson: "What we don't want is for politics to be played around this issue — political point scoring is not going to help anyone.” On the same day, RSPCA Policy Adviser Dr Jed Goodfellow: "We would like to see tougher penalties for exporters implemented now.”