Monday 22nd Oct, 2018

Live export review brought forward as chair quits

Photo: Live Export Care
Photo: Live Export Care

AGRICULTURE minister David Littleproud has announced a review into the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock will be brought forward to the end of the year.

According to the minister’s office, the review originally was due at the end of 2019.

Committee chair Dr Chris Back has told the Department of Agriculture he is unable to continue in the role, due to the shortened time frame.

In a statement, Mr Littleproud thanked Mr Back for his contribution.

A replacement chair is expected to be announced soon.

The live export industry is under intense pressure after the Nine Network broadcast footage of sheep on board ships dying from heat stress and lying in their own filth.

While Mr Littleproud has announced plans for harsher penalties but government backbenchers have already tabled legislation that would end the live export of sheep altogether.

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