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Motion: Transparency in the Live Exports Industry

Mehreen Faruqi 24 Jul 2019

Motion passed.

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the Australian Government has committed to the public release of summary reports from independent observers on live export ships,

   (ii) following the release of the first report in November 2018, the then Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Mr Littleproud MP, stated that "full transparency is the only way to build public trust in any industry" and that "the Australian public must have trust in the integrity and regulation of the live export trade. Reports from Independent Observers are a huge part of building this trust", and

   (iii) to date, less than half of the Independent Observer summary reports from 2018 have been finalised and publicly released, and no 2019 reports have been released; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

   (i) commit to transparency in the live exports industry,

   (ii) release the outstanding Independent Observer summary reports, and

   (iii) commit to release future Independent Observer summary reports in a timely manner.


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