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Question Without Notice No. 470 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 June 2018 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon A. MacTiernan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 14 June 2018

LIVE EXPORT — MIDDLE EAST TRADE RELATIONS

470. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Agriculture and Food:

I refer to the Premier's response to question without notice 449 asked on Wednesday, 13 June, which indicates that the minister has engaged with trading partners and governments in the Middle East on alternatives to live export.

(1) Which trading partners and governments has the minister met with?

(2) Please detail when these discussions occurred and in what locations.

(3) What was the nature and outcome of these discussions?

(4) Please table any documents related to these discussions.

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

(1)–(4) First up, I can say that our office has been in regular contact with the WA trade office in the Middle East; indeed, it has been in contact with the respective governments. Further, early in May 2018, I met with Mr Osama Khaled Boodai and Mr Ahmad Al Majed from Kuwait Livestock Transport and Trading. On 8 May 2018, I had a teleconference with His Excellency Nasser bin Hamad Mubarak Al-Khalifa, the ambassador from the state of Qatar, and that was followed by an exchange of letters. These discussions obviously centred on live sheep export and animal welfare concerns, including the extreme risks to livestock during voyages occurring in the Middle Eastern high summer months of July, August and September. We discussed the McGowan government's call for additional controls during this high-risk period in order to protect the future of the industry. Indeed, I note the recommendation by Mr McCarthy but, unfortunately, the implementation of that recommendation was delayed. The discussions also stressed the value that the Western Australian government places on Qatar and Kuwait as long-term trading partners. The outcome included an agreement to continue dialogue and find alternative workable solutions, such as the export of chilled and frozen meat through land and sea options.

I table that correspondence.

[See paper 1434.]