PUBLISHED ON: 14 September 2018
For the first time ever, an Australian house of parliament has passed a Bill to ban live sheep exports. The legislation passed the Senate on Monday co-sponsored by Senators Derryn Hinch, Tim Storer from the Centre Alliance, and The Greens. However, the Government then refused to debate it or allow a vote in the lower house where it now languishes.
Politicians from a variety of parties have been calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to allow his MPs to have a conscience, or 'free', vote. Senators Tim Storer from the Centre Alliance, Mehreen Faruqi from The Greens, and Anthony Chisholm from the Australia Labor Party all asked for the Liberal Party MPs to be given a conscience vote. Then this historic legislation would have a strong chance of passing and we could end this horrendous cruelty to sheep for good.
Scott Morrison should allow a debate and a free vote to end the horrors and suffering of the live export trade.Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi
With the Government able to choose to vote on the Bill any day, click here to make sure your MP knows how important it is that they're able to debate and vote on this legislation.