The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to act quickly on its decision to compel Meat and Livestock Australia to provide an initial $5 million of financial aid to producers affected by the suspension of live exports to Indonesia.
“As revealed in today’s Question Time, MLA has refused the Minister’s request to voluntarily provide this financial assistance,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson said today.
“This refusal is yet another example of MLA refusing to act in the best interest of Australian farmers.
“The Minister is now taking steps to force MLA to provide this much-needed assistance. This must be done as quickly possible.
“Make no mistake. MLA needs to share the blame for the live export suspension. They should also share the responsibility for helping farmers.
“Serious questions remain about MLA’s involvement in the inhumane treatment of cattle in Indonesia and their subsequent response.
“I am calling on the Government to support the Australian Greens motion for a Senate Inquiry into MLA.
“This Inquiry will provide accountability and address the serious, lingering concerns about MLA and their handling of this issue,” Senator Siewert concluded.