Senate debates

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Questions without Notice

Northern Australia: Infrastructure

3:02 pm

Photo of Matthew CanavanMatthew Canavan (Queensland, Liberal National Party, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia) Share this | Hansard source

My diary indicates it's in Mural Hall A and B on level 2 of Parliament House. I will see you there at six o'clock. Be there or be square! I'm sure Nigel will put on great hospitality for us, as he always does at these events, along with the Territory's politicians. But there are risks to growth in the Northern Territory. There are important established industries in the Territory, like the cattle industry. It has huge exposure to the live export trade. It needs a sustainable live export trade, a supportive live export trade, to survive. The live export industry accounts for $431 million in the Territory and employs 1,800 Territorians. We need people to support the industries that support jobs in the Territory. I'm concerned that in the last fortnight the likes of Senator McCarthy, and Mr Gosling and Mr Snowdon in the other place, have all voted against the live trade. How can they go back to the Territory and say that they support live exports when they know—they have been in a government that has done it before and they will likely do it again. (Time expired)

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