Greens reiterate call for live export ban following horror footage

The Greens (WA) have reiterated their longstanding call to end live exports after a 60 Minutes-Animals Australia expose showed shocking conditions on board a sheep ship due to leave Fremantle today.

“The footage from the Awassi Express’s voyage last August is horrifying and proves again that Australia can’t guarantee its laws and standards are upheld once ships leave our shores,” Ports Spokesperson Robin Chapple MLC said.

“There were clearly multiple breaches – the reported deaths of 2,400 sheep cannot be excused as being due to unusually warm weather.

“We know with increasing temperatures around the world associated with climate change that live exports are going to be more and more fraught with risk of cruelty to animals.

“Ultimately, there is only one solution to these recurring issues, which is to end live exports.

“Processing animals in Australia not only protects them from inhumane treatment and high temperatures, it will also support local industry and jobs.

“We now have an efficient operating abattoir on Yeeda Station in the Kimberley – this is the way of the future.”

Greens Agriculture Spokesperson Diane Evers MLC added that ending live exports could occur while retaining export markets, for example by ensuring cold storage facilities at foreign ports for receiving the meat.

Barnett Government's privatisation agenda must be reversed

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Last night, the WA Greens gave notice during the opening of the 40th Parliament they would introduce a bill to rescind the sale of Utah Point Processing Facility in Port Hedland, keeping the asset in the hands of Western Australians.

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple MLC, who introduced the motion, said timing was critical if the sale was to be halted.

“It is essential that we reverse the privatisation agenda of the former Barnett government before it is too late; profitable state-owned assets are critical to long-term economic security in WA.

“Furthermore, the Utah Point facility is a significant local job creator in the Port Hedland region and selling it could diminish its contribution to the struggling local economy. Profit-driven multinationals will continue to drive jobs offshore, as we have seen over the last decade, putting further pressure on our regional centres.

“The Labor Party campaigned strongly against the privatisation of Western Power throughout the election and strongly opposed the sale of Utah Point in the 39th Parliament.

“By coming into power we would like to congratulate the Labor Party on halting the potentially disastrous sale of Western Power, and are hopeful they will extend the commitment to other important public assets.”

Media contact: Tim Oliver 0431 9696 25                                                                                                     

Privatisation of Utah Point processing facility must be reversed: Greens

Wednesday, 15 February

The WA Greens have announced they will move to rescind the sale of Utah Point processing facility in Port Hedland after the March state election, to preserve local jobs in Port Hedland and long-term state revenue.

Longstanding MLC Robin Chapple today called on Labor to publically support this position, and on the National Party to reverse their support for privatisation in the next term of government.

“Utah Point is the only facility in Port Hedland that is not owned and utilised by either BHP, FMG or Roy Hill; it allows small miners without rail to compete and provides ongoing, indefinite revenue to the state of Western Australia,” Robin said.

“Brendon Grylls wants to introduce an illegal tax on BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto but he’s happy to let the sale of Utah Point slide, a move that directly contributes to the monopolisation of the iron ore industry in WA.

“Labor opposed the privatisation of Utah Point in Parliament and have been very vocal about stopping the sale of Western Power, so where are they on this issue now? They’re cherry-picking metro issues for votes and ignoring their regional constituents.

“The WA Greens have consistently stood up for the rights of small miners to access Port Hedland Harbour and we wholly opposed the privatisation legislation. Privatisation of Utah Point is akin to selling your house to pay off your mortgage.”

WA Greens Pilbara candidate Brent McKenna said the sale of Utah Point would ultimately mean a loss of local jobs in Port Hedland, a town that is already struggling to cope with the impacts of a largely FIFO workforce and normalisation of growth within the mining industry.

“If the Nationals priority is to protect regional jobs, as they claim, then they should have had the fortitude to stand withsmaller miners and oppose privatisation of public assets in Western Australia,” Brent said.

“When you look at the devastation caused by boom-bust cycles, exaggerated population growth projections and irresponsible infrastructure spending with no focus on what communities actually need, it’s hard to believe there’s anyone in politics really standing up for regional WA.

“The WA Greens want to see our regional communities rejuvenated, and will move to rescind the sale of Utah Point Processing Facility as soon as Parliament is returned following the March 11 poll.”

Media contact - Tim Oliver: 0431 9696 25


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