THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Federal Member for Lingiari
21 March 2011
The Federal Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, today voiced his opposition to a proposed private member’s motion being moved today in federal parliament which proposes to phase out the live export of cattle.
Mr Snowdon said the Northern Territory cattle industry generates more than $400 million directly and a further $800 million indirectly into the Territory’s economy.
“I am opposed to any phasing out of live cattle exports. The live export industry is central to the viability of Territory cattle stations, with more than 300,000 head exported to Indonesia ever year.
“The simple fact is that the live export trade is the only viable way for the Top End industry to continue to grow and develop.
There are no meatworks in the Territory, and it’s too expensive to freight cattle to the eastern seaboard, so this market is essential.
Mr Snowdon said animal welfare is a key part of this growth, and pastoralists are very conscious of the need to maintain a strong focus on this matter.
“I have been on a live export vessel and I’m confident in the care and oversight of this livestock as they are processed from the paddock to the plate.
More than $1.8 million is invested in the Indonesian market annually to improve outcomes in this field.“We must also remember that this industry is an integral part of our economy as the Territory’s third largest GDP earner.
It employs in excess of 1,800 people and provides essential support to help ensure our regional centres and towns remain viable.
We must continue to support it,” Mr Snowdon said. The Northern Territory cattle industry manages a land mass in excess of 620, 000 square kilometres and produces more than 600,000 quality cattle per year.
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