Live trade inspector step nearer
A significant step has been made to install an independent inspector-general of live exports — a position aiming to oversee the nation’s live sheep and cattle trades.
The Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports Bill 2019 was passed in the Senate on Tuesday in an effort to improve the Australian live export trade’s oversight.
The Bill intends to establish the role as a statutory appointment.
Federal Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said the inspector-general would underpin public confidence in live exports and improve the trade’s transparency.
“It’s a legitimate trade, however, it won’t be conducted at the expense of animal welfare standards,” she said.
“This legislation is concrete proof of this Government’s continued commitment to improving the trade — making sure the trade is well regulated and above board.
“Our livestock export system is already world class and the inspector-general will only enhance that.”
The Bill has to pass House of Representatives before it will become law.
Ross Carter was appointed as interim independent inspector-general of live exports in March.
In the role, Mr Carter has independently overseen the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in its duty as animal welfare regulator.
Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council boss Mark Harvey-Sutton said implementing the position full-time would be a positive move.
“The appointment of the inspector-general will only enhance our systems and improve regulator performance and provide the community with further transparency and assurance around the livestock export industry,” he said.
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