Recently installed Nationals Leader David Littleproud has called on Premier Mark McGowan to help him “educate east coast politicians” on the importance of the live sheep export industry to WA. The invitation comes after the Albanese Labor Government committed to phasing out the live export of sheep - a move that blind sided WA sheep farmers when it was revealed just a few weeks out from the election. Mr McGowan has previously said he believed a suite of measures put in place following an explosive 2018 investigation exposing the poor treatment of sheep on board export vessels to the Middle East, including banning shipments in the northern hemisphere summer, were sufficient to mitigate animal welfare concerns. Mr Littleproud - who is the Federal shadow agriculture minister - is in Perth for the first meeting of Opposition Leader Peter Dutton’s shadow cabinet. Speaking from the steps of WA Parliament, Mr Littleproud praised Mr McGowan over his stance, insisting opposition to live sheep export was not “predicated on science”. He revealed he had requested to meet with the Premier to discuss the issue and jointly lobbying the Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to change his mind – but was yet to hear back. “I put an invitation to the Premier to meet with him while I’m over here to put my hand out in a bipartisan way to work collaboratively together to educate those east coast politicians about the importance of this industry,” Mr Littleproud said. He said conditions on export vessels had been completely overhauled since 2018, including the presence of independent observers and the implementation of heat stress monitoring. “We’ve got to be proud of the fact that we have moved from a mortality method in terms of our shipments to now an animal welfare method, and a method that the world is looking at us and learning from us,” Mr Littleproud said. “And I’ve got to say we don’t need east coast politicians imposing policies on Western Australia that will then destroy 3000 jobs.” One of those politicians is Deputy Liberal Leader Sussan Ley, who has publicly backed ending the live export of sheep in favour of processing the meat on-shore in Australia. “She does and she will be (convinced to change her position),” Mr Littleproud said. “As part of the Coalition let me make this very frank statement: That is a line in the sand the National Party will not allow to be crossed. “We believe in the live animal export of not only sheep but cattle.” Mr Littleproud’s attempt to position himself alongside Mr McGowan comes after West Australians swung heavily away from the Liberals at the last election, costing the party five seats – four of which fell to Labor and one to independent Curtin MP Kate Chaney. After replacing outspoken former Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce, Mr Littleproud said he wanted to see an end to unnecessary mudslinging between politicians. “I think that that is where Australian politics needs to get to - this yelling and screaming at one another has to stop,” Mr Littleproud said. “We have to work together where there are common interests and I’ve got to say to the Premier, thank you for your maturity in this (live sheep export) debate.” Mr Littleproud said he intend to be a “voice for Western Australia” for the National Party and that he believed there an opportunity for his party to send a Senator to Canberra in 2025. “(I am going to) be guided by being on the ground and listening and learning - and that’s what we’ve got to do as a Coalition is take our medicine but to listen and to learn,” he said.