The threat of activist groups lodging a court injunction against the independent regulator after a ship is loaded has been reduced with the Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud signing the Export Control (Animals) Amendment (Approving Notices of Intention to Export) Order 2018. This will require any challenge to a shipment being made prior to the animals travelling to the port.
WAFarmers President Tony York said that this amendment by Minister Littleproud will minimise some of the risk of an injunction being lodged to disrupt a shipment at the port.
“The Export Control Amendment Order will require an injunction to be lodged earlier in the process when the regulator approves a permit to export, rather than when the sheep are already on board a shipment,” he said.
“WAFarmers raised the threat of an injunction with Minister Littleproud, and highlighted it was a critical trigger point in any exporter trialling a shipment under McCarthy recommendations. We commend the Minister for having the foresight to address this issue and adding some certainty back into the live sheep trade.
“WAFarmers is hopeful this progress will add some confidence to the exporters. I would encourage any exporter with a valid permit to consider recommencing the trade.
“WAFarmers valued its meeting with Minister Littleproud last week and we hope to remain engaged and deliver a beneficial outcome for all WA livestock producers,” Mr York said.