Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Live Animal Exports; Order for the Production of Documents
I, and also on behalf of Senator Hinch, move:
That there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, by close of business on 20 June 2017, a copy of the draft or any other version of the Export Control (Animals) Amendment (Equine Animals) Order 2017 (the Equine Amendment Order) and all documents by or held by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and/or the Minister's office, including risk assessments, advice, emails, minutes or other information relating to the live export of equines including, but not limited to, consideration of the trade's cruelty to animals and any reputational risk to all those involved.
The government opposes the motion. It would cause an unreasonable diversion of resources. The department consulted with industry on the draft amendment order; therefore, copies of the order are publicly available.