IN THE NEWS: On NOV 7, 2012
The Federal Opposition says, if it is elected, re-opening the trade of kangaroo meat to Russia will be a top priority.
It's been more than two years since Russia banned imports, over concerns about food safety standards.
The Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, has been meeting with kangaroo shooters in Broken Hill to discuss re-opening the trade.
She says the trade would have many benefits around the far west.
"If we get re-elected, this will be absolutely a top priority," she said.
"If we can re-open the roo works in Broken Hill, that would tick so many boxes: removing kangaroos that are not an endangered species from the far west, and really giving some opportunities for young people and an industry that's an alternative to the mines - how good would that be?"
She says it is important to convince Russia the trade is safe and ethical.
"The requirement is, you shoot the kangaroo in the head and it's dead instantly," she said.
"But the chillers, the supply chain, it would be world class and so it should be.
"That would give us really good standing in this market overseas - that's what we need."
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Joe Ludwig, says the government is working to re-open access for kangaroo meat to Russia and expand access to new markets such as China.
She says the government is developing a memorandum of understanding with Russia.
"The kangaroo meat industry receives considerable high-level representation by the Australian Government on all of its key concerns at every opportunity, including on international market access," she said.
"There have been a number of high level discussions on this matter with both the Chinese and Russian governments.
"This includes representations by the Prime Minister."