THE Greens have today released a paper pushing for more investment in the domestic meat processing industry as an alternative to live exports.
The statement identifies five issues The Greens claim must be addressed in order to grow the domestic industry.
Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon says the government needs a comprehensive plan to end the live export trade, instead of "half-baked inquiries".
"Minister Ludwig is in denial about the long term viability of live exports. He has to admit Australia has a problem and take action to move away from live exports," Senator Rhiannon said.
"Growing domestic meat processing for local and export markets will reduce animal cruelty inherent in the live export trade while boosting Australia's economy and assisting farmers."
The Greens' five steps to domestic processing
- Encourage the development of new meat processing facilities in northern Australia
- Remove trade distortions and more vigorously market Australian meat overseas
- Boost skills and educate workers
- Smooth the transition for farmers and the meat processing sector
- Establish teams to drive reform within government