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Apr 10, 2018

Shocked government’s desperate measures to save live exports

A terrified government is rushing to do whatever it can to save the live export industry -- including attacking its own bureaucrats and embracing the opposition.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

So rattled is the government by that sickening footage of dying and abused sheep on yet another of Emanuel Exports' voyages of torture that Agriculture Minister David Littleproud yesterday did something you almost never see in government: he went out and tipped an enormous bucket on his own department. And did so on the central issue of both the latest example of Emanuel Exports' shameful cruelty and the wider problem of the live export trade -- that the Department of Agriculture simply refuses to regulate animal welfare:

[T]en days ago I received a report from my department, who is the independent regulator in respect to live trade, around an incident that happened in August 2017. I became concerned by that report not finding any breaches of standards by the exporter in question and subsequently asked the department to provide me with further information around their actions with respect to that incident and whether they had investigated that to a satisfactory level. I have only just received that brief back last week, but before that, I saw the chilling footage provided to me by Animals Australia... quite candidly, that vision does not marry up with the report I received, and that is quite disappointing to me ...

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