Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said the Federal Government investigation into alleged allegations of animal cruelty involving Australian cattle in two Indonesian abattoirs must be allowed to be completed without hysterical Green and animal activists influencing the investigation.
“The live cattle export industry is vital to the Northern Territory economy. Federal Agriculture Minister Senator Joe Ludwig must not be so foolhardy and quick to cave in to the demands of the Greens as he was when he shut down the industry by banning it overnight,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Coalition does not condone animal cruelty and the Federal Government has a supply chain assurance system in place.
“It is up to the Government process to investigate these allegations and apply the appropriate compliance action if the footage is current and Australian cattle are involved.
“That is what Minister Ludwig said would happen and must happen unhindered by outlandish claims by the Greens to stop live exports.
“This is a chance for Prime Minister Julia Gillard to show that Bob Brown is not this country’s real Prime Minister by holding a proper investigation and ignoring knee-jerk calls to shut down the industry on the face of only two possible non-compliant abattoirs.
“Ludwig and Gillard must not listen to those in the ALP who side with the Greens, given that the vote on phasing out the live cattle trade at their national conference late last year showed Labor was a divided party, with the motion defeated 215 votes to 173 – hardly a convincing show of support for the industry.
“The last time this terrible Labor government got involved they made a complete mess of it, as they shut down an entire industry, savaged the NT economy and caused a massive loss of income for workers, cattlemen and associated businesses.
“Cattlemen, workers, including many indigenous people and businesses associated with the live cattle industry are praying for a sensible response from this government,” Senator Scullion said.
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