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Labor backtracks on Office of Animal Welfare

Labor has backed away from its policy of an Office of Animal Welfare by refusing to back a Private Members Bill moved by Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt MP.  The bill would implement an ALP National Conference resolution to establish an office made over two and a half years ago.

Speaking in the House of Representatives this morning, Labor members said they would not back the bill despite Labor policy supporting an office and a backbench push in caucus on the issue.

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Bandt moves animal export bill


Greens MP Adam Bandt has introduced a bill for an immediate ban on live cattle exports into the House of Representatives.


"As we have seen again today, this time in Kuwait, Indonesia is not the only country where animals exported from Australia are subject to incredible cruelty," Mr Bandt told the House.


"It is disappointing that the Labor caucus has been willing to go along with the Minister's plan to reinstate live animal exports to Indonesia with only weak guidelines."


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Complete live export ban needed: Bandt

Greens MP Adam Bandt will push ahead with a bill to ban all live animal exports following an announcement by the government to suspend export to Indonesia.

Joining the RSPCA and Animals Australia in Canberra today, Mr Bandt said half measures were not enough and any delay would cause more suffering.

Senator Rachel Siewert will also move for debate on the bill in the Senate.

"I will push ahead with my bill to put in place a complete ban on live animal exports," Mr Bandt said today.

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Bandt calls on Burke to ban alpine cattle grazing

Greens MP Adam Bandt has called on the Minister for Sustainability and Environment Tony Burke to use his powers to override the Victorian government's return to cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park.

Mr Bandt has put the government on notice that if they fail to act he will introduce a private members bill to remove the cattle grazing.

"This is a park not a paddock", Mr Bandt said today.

"The Victorian State government's return of cattle grazing to the Alpine National Park under the guise of scientific research is an act of environmental vandalism."

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