NOT SHEEPISH: Dutton won’t back down on live-export stance


2023-03-09 18:30:00

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton is signalling his support for the continuation of live sheep exports as he spruiks his policy at one of the biggest WA get-togethers of the agricultural industry.

Mr Dutton will meet with leaders from WAFarmers and Stud Merino Breeders Association of WA, as well as sheep industry stakeholders, farmers, producers, shearers, and truck drivers at Wagin Woolorama on Friday.

The two-day event is the State’s largest sheep show, which attracts more than 20,000 people.

The Opposition leader has pledged to stand up for the live sheep exports industry as the Albanese Government moves ahead with shutting it down.

“Wagin and the Wheatbelt are at ground zero of Labor’s absurd decision to phase out this industry and I’m looking forward to showing my support for sheep producers on the ground in regional WA,” Mr Dutton told The West Australian.

“Under my leadership, the Coalition will stand up for critical industries. We’ve got the sheep export industry’s back — and we’ll ensure that upholding the highest standards of animal health and welfare occurs, whilst supporting a sustainable live export trade.

“The Prime Minister has got his priorities all wrong for WA, but we will be standing up for what’s in WA’s best interests.”

O’Connor MP Rick Wilson, WA Senator Slade Brockman and Agriculture Region MP Steve Martin will be joining Mr Dutton at the show to try and collect more signatures for a petition the trio started against Labor’s proposed ban on the industry.

“Having Opposition leader Peter Dutton in Wagin is an opportunity for us to back this industry 100 per cent,” Mr Martin said.

“Peter Dutton doesn’t need convincing, but this is an opportunity for the sheep industry to meet him face-to-face and reinforce the importance of this industry.”

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