Legislative Council: Wednesday, June 15, 2022


Live Animal Export

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (14:31): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before addressing a question to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development on the topic of live export mortalities.

Leave granted.

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: The 2018 McCarthy review, as endorsed by both PIRSA and the South Australian Rural and Regional Council, recommends a goal to reduce the 'reportable mortality level' for sheep being exported, from 2 per cent to 1 per cent. My questions to the minister are: what percentage of South Australia's live export sheep have been considered reportable mortalities in the past reportable year, and has this decreased since the time of the McCarthy review? Also, by what metric is a live export mortality deemed reportable, and how many unreportable deaths have occurred?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:32): I thank the honourable member for her question and her interest in this topic. As it falls under the responsibility of my colleague in the other place, who is responsible for animal welfare, I will seek some information and bring it back to the member.