- Protect our land and water from mining.
- Honesty and integrity in politics
- Local jobs
- People before profits
- Improved heath and education services.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Greens recommit to ending live animal exports

Responding to Prime Minister Abbott's agreement to increase the quota of animals that will suffer as part of the live cattle trade to Indonesia, the Greens will make ending live exports and establishing an independent Office of Animal Welfare, a post-election priority.

Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said, "I will reintroduce the Greens bills to end the live export trade and set up the independent Office of Animal Welfare when parliament resumes".

"Hundreds of thousands of Australians are outraged by the cruelty animals endure in the live export trade.  It is obscene that Tony Abbott has ignored the exposes of barbaric conditions inherent in the trade and the deep distress Australians feel about it.

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott is trying to burn up important protections in his so-called regulation bonfire.

 "When Tony Abbott has a bonfire of regulations he hides his true agenda in the smoke," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"The Prime Minister's rhetoric on this repeal day is all about storytelling and hiding help for his mates. Many of these changes are routine review of redundant regulations, but there are some very bitter pills.

"Cutting red tape is the ordinary business of government. Changing 1,000 laws without enough time to examine each one is extraordinary and consistent with this government's secretive and destructive agenda.


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