Live Export

Labor to outline ESCAS and animal welfare plans at Canberra LIVEXforum

Sheep Central October 17, 2016
Federal Opposition Agriculture spokesman, Joel Fitzgibbon, left, in Jakarta with Consolidated Pastoral Company CEO Troy Setter, ALEC director Brian Scott and TUM chairman Buntoro Hasan.

Federal Opposition Agriculture spokesman, Joel Fitzgibbon, left, in Jakarta with ALEX director Troy Setter, Brian Scott from Global Compliance Asia and TUM chairman Buntoro Hasan.

LABOR’S plans for a review of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System and creation of an independent Office of Animal Welfare will be outlined at the LIVEXforum 2016 in Canberra later this month.

Federal Opposition spokesman for Agriculture, Joel Fitzgibbon, will give an overview of Federal Labor’s policies on the live export trade at the annual industry conference on October 26-27.

Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council chief executive officer Simon Westaway welcomed Mr Fitzgibbon’s willingness to openly engage with the livestock export sector and discuss prominent issues such as regulatory reform and Australia’s world-leading supply chain standards.

“Livestock exporters are keen participants in the debate about what constitutes the right balance in terms of regulatory reform.

“We value Mr Fitzgibbon’s perspective and are very grateful that he has accepted the invitation to discuss the Labor Party’s livestock export and animal welfare policies,” Mr Westaway said.

“Furthermore, we applaud Mr Fitzgibbon for the pro-active approach he is applying to his shadow portfolio responsibilities, which has included an Indonesian supply chain tour late last year.”

Following his LIVEXforum speech, Mr Fitzgibbon will participate in a panel discussion entitled ‘Modernising regulation: Dealing with the now’. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Agriculture Commissioner Mick Keogh and leading agribusiness litigator and industry adviser Dr Michael Maxwell will also make presentations and participate in the panel. The session will give delegates a chance to directly address the panellists in what is expected to be a lively question and answer-style discussion.

Mr Westaway said the shape and pace of future industry reform would be the central narrative at LIVEXforum 2016, which had embraced the theme of ‘Striking the social balance: Regulation, Accountability and Profitability’.

“The LIVEXforum 2016 program reflects our industry’s commitment to ongoing reform and reinforcing our reputation as a global leader in all facets of the livestock export supply chain,” he said.

“ALEC and LiveCorp look forward to hosting a lively and topical discussion about the opportunities and challenges facing our $2 billion industry.”

Source: Livex.


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