Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has called for sensible policy that puts people first, during the Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018 - second reading debate today.
Senator Macdonald said it is possible to have the best of both worlds, whereby animal and industry welfare are both met.
“The Turnbull Government could not be more serious about enforcing a major overhaul of the live sheep trade, as outlined when we accepted all 23 recommendations in the McCarthy Review,” Senator Macdonald said.
“But we must not forget that there are hundreds of Australian farming families who are reliant on the live sheep export trade for their livelihoods.
“The knee jerk reaction we have seen from Labor, the Greens and some Independents is exactly the sort of thing which brought the live cattle industry to its knees needlessly in 2011 due to Labor’s ill thought out ban.
“More than 1800 jobs depend on the live sheep trade and those workers simply cannot afford for another emotional debate to win out over sensibility.
“We are already suffering from such foolish thought bubbles in North Queensland, whereby the State Labor Government is refusing to take action on the ever growing number of crocodiles on our beaches and in our waterways.
“While animal welfare must be paramount, at what point will those on the loony left start to put humans first?,” Senator Macdonald said.