Question: SA Labor and the Federal Plan to Ban Live Sheep Exports

In Parliament, Questions

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (14:42): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development a question on the topic of the proposed ban on live exports.

Leave granted.

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: Prior to the recent federal election, the federal Labor Party recommitted to its 2019 promise to ban live sheep exports, a promise many in the community, including the Greens, welcome. My questions to the minister are:

1. Are you on the front foot on this matter?

2. What conversations with your federal counterparts have been undertaken since they have been elected, as have you, into the role of ministers?

3. What suggestions will the South Australian government be making to this federal move into banning live exports?

4. What role will the Malinauskas government take in any consultations?

5. What consultations have you directly had with any relevant farmers and unions for the live export industry?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:43): I thank the honourable member for her question. Indeed, she is correct that the new Albanese federal government has maintained its commitment to this issue. I have asked my department to draft a letter to my federal counterpart seeking information about the consultation process, as I understand the federal minister has indicated that this ban on live exports will only continue once a full and robust consultation process has occurred.

Both as the state minister and also in partnership with our federal colleagues, I will be very keen to see that engagement with industry and that consultation process, and look forward to seeing the outcomes of those as we move forward.