Senate debates

Tuesday, 26 June 2018


Live Animal Exports

4:23 pm

Photo of Peter GeorgiouPeter Georgiou (WA, Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party) Share this | Hansard source

I'm glad that Senator Hinch is following my lead to support farmers because their voice in this whole live export issue has been ignored. Farmers in my home state of Western Australia supply the vast majority of this country's live export market. The issue is more important for Western Australia than any other state. Yes, we all agree the treatment of Australian animals on the Awassi Express was disgraceful and that changes need to be made. However, we cannot hang our farmers out to dry with knee-jerk reactions and rushing through policies based on a motion. No-one has convinced me yet we have a viable plan for our farmers once a ban is introduced. Pauline Hanson's One Nation will not support any legislation to phase out live export trade until we are convinced it is in the best interests of our farmers.


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