LAST UPDATED: 9 November 2018
Centre Alliance Party MP Rebekha Sharkie is set to re-introduce the bill to end live sheep export into the House of Representatives. The Bill has already passed in the Senate — the first time any live export bill has passed either house of parliament in Australia.
Scott Morrison’s Government is facing renewed pressure to end the trade after the release of the scathing review into the failures of the live export regulator and the election of Independent, Dr Kerryn Phelps to Malcolm Turnbull’s old seat of Wentworth.
The Guardian also reports that that pressure is mounting from inside the Liberal Party, with MPs Sussan Ley and Sarah Henderson vowing to keep pushing for action from the Government.
The live sheep export industry has had plenty of chances to lift its game and in my view is beyond redemption.Kerryn Phelps, Independent MP for Wentworth
Only a few Liberal MPs would need to vote for the legislation to see it pass, but with enough pressure we could see Prime Minister Scott Morrison give his party a ‘free vote’ which would allow many more politicians to join with the vast majority of Australians who want to see live sheep exports end.
This vote is the best chance Australia has ever had to see the end of this cruel industry for good.