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AGAINST – Bills — Export Control Amendment (Ending Live Sheep Exports by Sea) Bill 2024; Reference to Committee

David Littleproud

I move:

That the Export Control Amendment (Ending Live Sheep Exports by Sea) Bill 2024 be referred to the Standing committee on Agriculture for consideration and an advisory report at 8 October 2024.

I move this under standing order 143. I believe that it's important, when a government is about to make such an important decision on the livelihoods of 3,000 Western Australians, that it shows them respect, not the contempt that it has shown these men and women who have lawfully gone about their business, in a lawful trade, with the best animal welfare standards in the world. They are having that ripped away from them, taken away, without proper consultation. Even the panel that the government put up was giving only 24 or 48 hours notice to farmers to turn up—and that was invited farmers, not all farmers. They were not public meetings where everyone could come and understand what was being put to them. But people were asked to turn up within 24 hours and told, 'Give up your farming practices for the day'—in the middle of sowing, in the middle of shearing—'to hear why we're doing this.' What contempt for a government to do that to its own people!

So it's important that these men and women in Western Australia are heard about why their livelihoods are being ripped away from them all because of ideology. There is no scientific or economic reason why this trade should stop. In fact, what you are going to see by Australia shutting down the live sheep export industry is the senseless and horrific deaths of millions of sheep from around the world, from the markets that take up our place—countries like Ethiopia, Sudan, South Africa. They will be the ones that export sheep—

Andrew Wilkie

Mate, that's the drug dealers defence!

David Littleproud

There is no moral value or compass that anyone that wants to go against this—

Andrew Wilkie

That's the drug dealers defence!

David Littleproud

You are morally bankrupt! You are absolutely morally bankrupt to sit there and value the welfare of the sheep of Australia over that of those from another country. You are morally bankrupt! You are nothing but morally bankrupt!

Michael McCormack

He should withdraw.

Milton Dick

The Leader of the Nationals will resume his seat. The minister will just pause for a second while I deal with this matter. The language used in the chamber is completely unacceptable. I only heard part of what was being said. I'm just going to invite the member for Clark to withdraw any unparliamentary statements that he made.

Andrew Wilkie

Mr Speaker, out of respect for you, I withdraw.

Michael McCormack

No. He should withdraw unreservedly.

Milton Dick

Order! Under Practice, that has been a provision and accepted.

Long debate text truncated.

Summary

Date and time: 9:35 AM on 2024-05-30
Allegra Spender's vote: No
Total number of "aye" votes: 55
Total number of "no" votes: 82
Total number of abstentions: 14
Related bill: Export Control Amendment (Ending Live Sheep Exports by Sea) Bill 2024

Adapted from information made available by theyvoteforyou.org.au

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