An­other probe into live ex­port stan­dards

Tasmanian Country - - THE STOCK REPORT -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is con­duct­ing a sec­ond re­view into live ex­port stan­dards, four years af­ter rec­om­men­da­tions from the first re­view failed to be im­ple­mented.

The Gov­ern­ment will again re­view the Aus­tralian Stan­dards for the Ex­port of Live­stock, af­ter its 2013 re­port sug­gested 13 is­sues that it was un­able to re­solve.

An Agri­cul­ture Depart­ment spokesman said “to avoid an­other im­passe this ASEL re­view will in­volve a com­mit­tee of ex­perts who can work closely with stake­hold­ers”.

“The ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion will cir­cu­late a mod­ernised draft of ASEL pre­pared by the depart­ment and aim to im­ple­ment the agreed items in the 2013 re­view re­port that re­sult in no change in reg­u­la­tory weight.”

Aus­tralian Live­stock Ex­porters’ Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon West­away has wel­comed the in­clu­sion of a tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee in the lat­est re­view. He ex­pected the process to pro­vide “out­come-based stan­dards backed by sci­en­tific ev­i­dence”.

The com­mit­tee will com­prise an in­de­pen­dent chair­man, two an­i­mal health and wel­fare ex­perts, a per­son with an ex­pert knowl­edge of the live­stock ex­port in­dus­try, and a reg­u­la­tory ex­pert. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources deputy sec­re­tary Mal­colm Thomp­son said com­mi­tee ap­point­ments should be made in Septem­ber.

No changes are ex­pected to be made be­fore July next year, while the en­tire re­view could take up­wards of three years.

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