Calls for Moss review release amid delays

Zach RelphCountryman
Sheep being loaded onto a livestock carrier.
Camera IconSheep being loaded onto a livestock carrier. Credit: Bob Garnant

Federal shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon has doubled down on calls for an anticipated review of the independent live animal export regulator to be made public.

Today, Mr Fitzgibbon demanded the immediate release of Philip Moss’ review into the Federal Department of Agriculture’s role as independent live export regulator.

The report, announced in April, has missed two previously announced release dates after initially being scheduled to be provided to Federal Agricultural Minister David Littleproud on August 24.

After missing the first release date, the review was delayed until September 14 before Mr Littleproud revealed last month its revised unveiling was poised for October.

Mr Littleproud told the National Farmers’ Federation Congress in Canberra today the Moss Review would be made public shortly.

However, Mr Fitzgibbon labelled the holdup “unacceptable” amid increasing live export uncertainty since harrowing sheep conditions aboard an Awassi Express voyage from Fremantle to the Middle East were leaked in April.

“This review is already eight weeks overdue, and more than six months since we saw the shocking footage,” he said.

“This delay is unacceptable.

“The Minister has been sitting on the report — he should release it today.”

In response to Mr Fitzgibbon, Mr Littleproud said the review was too important to rush.

“I’ve shown the spine to make the tough decisions — I kept the trade open,” he said.

“Labor failed to do that in 2011 and caused chaos and heartbreak when it banned live exports of cattle.

“Mr Moss asked for extensions of time and was granted them.

“The report will be released shortly and the Labor’s hunting for a headline is meaningless.”

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