Moss review release push
Federal shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon has doubled down on calls for an anticipated review of the independent live animal export regulator to be made public.
Mr Fitzgibbon demanded the immediate release of Philip Moss’ review into the Federal Department of Agriculture’s role as independent live export regulator.
The report, announced in April, has missed two previously announced release dates after initially being scheduled to be provided to Federal Agricultural Minister David Littleproud on August 24.
After missing the first release date, the review was delayed until September 14 before Mr Littleproud revealed last month its revised unveiling was poised for October.
Countryman understands Mr Littleproud received the Moss review about a week ago and it is set to be released by the month’s end.
However, Mr Fitzgibbon said the hold-up was unacceptable and called for its findings to be released.
“Minister David Littleproud must explain exactly what is preventing him from making the report’s important findings public,” he said.
“Especially since he indicated last week at the National Farmers’ Federation National Congress the review would prompt a ‘reset’ for live animal exports.
“The delay in the review’s release creates further confusion and uncertainty in the industry and is a reflection of the overall chaos and dysfunction of the Morrison Government.
“It’s crystal clear there is nothing stopping them from doing it today.”
In response, Mr Littleproud played down Mr Fitzgibbon’s urgency and said the review was too important to rush.
“I’ve shown the spine to make the tough decisions — I kept the trade open,” he said.
“Labor failed to do that in 2011 and caused chaos and heartbreak when it banned live exports of cattle. Mr Moss asked for extensions of time and was granted them.
“The report will be released shortly and the Labor’s hunting for a headline is meaningless.”
The Moss review was commissioned to assess the capability, powers, practices and culture of DAWR in its role as live animal exports regulator.
The review will put forward recommendations and also investigative performance to ensure high live export compliance is maintained.