Senate debates

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

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Live Animal Exports

4:57 pm

Rex Patrick (SA, Centre Alliance) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That—

(a) the Senate calls on the Federal Government to legislate to phase-out long-haul live sheep exports; and

(b) this resolution be communicated to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

Photo of Anne RustonAnne Ruston (SA, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (President) Share this | | Hansard source

Leave is granted for one minute.

Photo of Anne RustonAnne Ruston (SA, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific) Share this | | Hansard source

A phase-out of the live export trade would have detrimental and long-lasting consequences for producers and their communities. A ban will cost farmers over $230 million and deliver around 3,200 job losses. It is for this reason that the government have taken decisive action to tighten controls over the live export trade. We have acted to ensure animal welfare and in recognition of the importance of the sector to Australian farmers and the food security needs of our trading partners. Our reforms, informed by the McCarthy and Moss reviews, are significant, extensive and improve animal welfare and oversight of the exporters by the regulator.

4:58 pm

Photo of Mehreen FaruqiMehreen Faruqi (NSW, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (President) Share this | | Hansard source

Leave is granted for one minute.

Photo of Mehreen FaruqiMehreen Faruqi (NSW, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

The Senate has voted against live exports. The community is demanding an end to this cruel trade in misery—

Photo of Barry O'SullivanBarry O'Sullivan (Queensland, National Party) Share this | | Hansard source

They are not.

Photo of Mehreen FaruqiMehreen Faruqi (NSW, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

and yet we see no action from this government. Do you know what? This is what you are allowing. This is the animal cruelty that you are abetting and aiding.

Photo of Bridget McKenzieBridget McKenzie (Victoria, National Party, Minister for Regional Services) Share this | | Hansard source

That is not true.

Photo of Mehreen FaruqiMehreen Faruqi (NSW, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

Shame on all of you!

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (President) Share this | | Hansard source

Senator Faruqi! This section of business relies on senators behaving and abiding by the rules. You know well displays of that nature are completely out of order. It is utterly and completely inappropriate, and leave can be denied by any senator if people are going to misbehave.

4:59 pm

Photo of Anthony ChisholmAnthony Chisholm (Queensland, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (President) Share this | | Hansard source

Leave is granted for one minute. Senator Whish-Wilson, on a point of order.

Photo of Peter Whish-WilsonPeter Whish-Wilson (Tasmania, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

Mr President, not only have we had interjections during this session but we have had senators who have been sitting out of their seats right next to my colleagues—literally three seats away—and interjecting in their ears while they're speaking. I think it is totally inappropriate. They shouldn't be interjecting in the first place, let alone outside their seats in close proximity to speakers.

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (President) Share this | | Hansard source

Quite right, Senator Whish-Wilson, and I can list the senators in this chamber who don't do that on one hand. I'm not fond of biblical quotations, but let they who are innocent cast the first stone.

Photo of Anthony ChisholmAnthony Chisholm (Queensland, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Labor is supporting this motion and urges the government to allow the will of the parliament on this matter. If the government is confident that it has the numbers in the House of Representatives to defeat the motion, or indeed Labor's amendment to its penalty bill in the other place, it should put it to a vote rather than denying the will of the parliament and indeed the will of the Australian public, who expect their leaders to actually represent them in the people's house.

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (President) Share this | | Hansard source

The question is that motion No. 1291 be agreed to.