MP ‘left on dock’ by live exporters

Written by admin on 30/07/2019 Categories: 苏州美睫

Federal MP Andrew Wilkie had intended travelling cattle class to Indonesia as part of a fact-finding mission on live animal exports.


Instead he’s been left at the dock.

The independent MP was invited by the live export industry to travel on a ship bound for Indonesia where it was intended he visit feedlots and abattoirs.

But Mr Wilkie says the industry withdrew the invitation on Tuesday.

The vocal live trade critic has accused exporter groups of trying to prevent him from making the journey.

“Today’s meeting proved the industry had got cold feet and was searching for an excuse to call the whole thing off so it could continue business as usual,” he said in a statement.

The industry had “come up with every excuse under the sun” to delay his trip since the January invitation.

The decision to withdraw the invitation comes as one exporter called in police to investigate allegations documents were falsified to deliver suspected diseased sheep to Pakistan.

Wellard Rural Exports has alerted police of possible paperwork discrepancies, inconsistent with export requirements, for a 2012 shipment out of Fremantle.

About 21,000 sheep, the subject of the documentation, from on board Wellard’s ship were culled in Pakistan on suspicion they had scabby mouth.

Tests later confirmed the sheep were not infected.

Mr Wilkie has private legislation before parliament that makes a fourth attempt at banning live exports.

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council insists the offer to take Mr Wilkie on a live export voyage remains on the table.

But the MP, by introducing his bill, had shown little sign of goodwill for industry efforts to enable him to experience the livestock export trade first hand, it said.

Exporters had wanted to explain livestock arrangements prior to and during the voyage.

They offered Mr Wilkie the opportunity to witness the loading of livestock and see conditions, facilities and processes on board.

The MP rejected this “genuine effort” to engage him, council president Peter Kane said.

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