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Government not banning live exports anytime soon

Live sheep exports to the Middle East will not be banned over the summer this year.

A review into the live sheep trade will be handed down tomorrow after the government delayed its release today.

Shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon has said if Labor were to come into government, it would phase out live exports.

He tells Ben Fordham the federal government’s decision comes as “no surprise”.

“There is no way of making this summer export trade consistent with animal welfare standards.

“You just can’t cram so may sheep onto a vessel for four weeks and expect you’re going to meet reasonable community expectations on animal welfare.”

Listen to the full interview below

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