• Hannah Phillips

Live Export Ban Passes the Senate

The sheep live export ban has passed the Senate in Parliament House.

The bill passed 31 votes to 28 at the 3rd reading stage.

The key were the independents with Senator Derryn Hinch, Senator Tim Storer, the Centre Alliance and Greens in favour voting with Labor on the motion.

This now is refereed back to the lower House for debate which the government will likely block the ban.

One Independent Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm was quick to react saying the independents just “voted to shut down industry employing 13,000 people and underpins drought affected farming. Shame Shame Shame.”

In a media conference Senator Derryn Hinch said he will write to the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and ask for a free vote in the House of Representatives.

He mentioned government members Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Sussan Ley and Jason Wood who have both showed their support for such action in the past.

However it’s unlikely that will happen as the Coalition doesn’t have a policy supporting the ban on live export and in the past the majority of Coalition Members including the Nationals have voted against a ban.