Moss re­view re­lease push

Countryman - - LIVE EXPORT NEWS - Zach Relph

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.

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