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Independent MP in new bid to end live exports

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Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has presented to parliament his fourth bill to ban live animal exports from Australia.

The Tasmanian MP is continuing his push to completely shut down Australia's live export trade.

The private member’s bill contains provisions to permanently ban animals from being sent abroad for slaughter from 2020.

Until then the Bill would put safeguards in place to ensure live animals are treated humanely after they exported.

"How on earth can any civilised decent country allow this barbaric behaviour to continue?" Mr Wilkie told MPs.

“Live export is systemically cruel, lacks popular support and is not in Australia’s economic self-interest,” Mr Wilkie said. “It’s beyond time that the trade was shut down.

“But instead the Government is trumpeting the expansion of this cruel industry. For example, just this year we’ve seen a new deal reached with Indonesia and the expansion of the trade into China.”

Mr Wilkie said the Labor Opposition “is no better” when it comes to animal exports.

“In fact they’ve sided with the Government to refuse debate on this issue nearly every time I’ve tried to raise it in the Parliament. 

“I will keep fighting for reform until this abomination is stopped.”

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