A crossbench bill to ban live sheep exports has passed the Senate, putting pressure on the Morrison government to allow a lower-house vote.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says he has some reservations about imposing an immediate ban due to the consequences it will certainly have for the farming sector. He wants to give the government the opportunity to come up with a better alternative.
The Guardian reports, a push by Labor in the House of Representatives to debate and vote on the bill failed on Monday afternoon, when Liberal MPs Sussan Ley, Sarah Henderson and Jason Wood refused to cross the floor despite supporting a ban.
Ley and Henderson have introduced a similar private members’ bill to ban the controversial practice but now find their hands tied after accepting assistant ministerial positions in the Morrison government.
The Senate bill – co-signed by the Greens and senators Derryn Hinch and Tim Storer – prohibits live sheep exports in the northern summer during a transitional period of five years, after which all live sheep exports will be banned.
Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News while he sees the current situation isn't ideal, there is a better way than an all-out ban.
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