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New report on the ‘Ending Live Sheep Export Bill’ released

The Australian Parliament’s Agriculture Committee has presented its advisory report for its inquiry into the Export Control Amendment (Ending Live Sheep Exports by Sea) Bill 2024.

The bill is set to end the live sheep export trade by sea by 1 May 2028.

The inquiry examined the provisions of the bill, including the authority for Commonwealth spending to assist those impacted to prepare and adapt.

Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Ms Meryl Swanson, said that the time has come to transition away from this trade.

“The time has come to transition away from this trade. Like all transitions, it will not be without pain, but the outcome will provide industry with long-term certainty in line with community expectations,” said Swanson.

In addition to recommending that the bill be passed, the Committee has made two recommendations, including that the Australian Government:

  • considers making additional funding available to support the industry transition, potentially through the 2026 stocktake of industry progress; and
  • continues to seek opportunities to work with the Western Australian Government to refine and implement the transition support package.

The Committee held two public hearings in Canberra and Muresk, Western Australia, which took important evidence from a range of stakeholders representing industry, government, local communities, and animal welfare groups.

It received over 13,000 contributions from people supporting and opposing the bill and offering feedback on its contents.

The Committee would like to thank all those who contributed to the inquiry through written submissions, correspondence, and giving evidence at public hearings.

The full report can be found on the Committee’s inquiry webpage.

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