The House Committee holding an inquiry into the phase out, is looking for comment by affected people and will accept them through written submissions and public hearing attendances.

Live sheep export ban public hearing

The agricultural lobby has been strongly against the newly introduced phase out of live sheep exports.
June 6, 2024

THE standing committee on agriculture will hold a public hearing for the live sheep phase out inquiry at Muresk in Northam on June 14, following the first public hearing in Canberra on June 12.

A WA Farmers spokesperson said the public hearing in Muresk will provide an opportunity for the committee to meet those most affected.

Federal minister for agriculture Murray Watt has called a parliamentary inquiry into the government’s phase out of live sheep exports.

The federal government has received a wide range of responses since announcing the ban last month, including a united opposition from the agricultural lobby.

While an independent panel has already looked into the ban, Minister Watt said it warranted further investigation.

An inquiry held by the House Committee would enable the participation of members whose electorates have a strong interest in the legislation.

Anyone who would like to share their views on the Bill can engage with the Committee in a number of ways including by making a written submission, or attending a public hearing where the Committee plans to hold a community statements session.

Stakeholders are encouraged to contact the secretariat as soon as possible to register your interest by emailing

For more information about the inquiry including information about how to upload a written submission, go to this webpage.

Submissions to the inquiry will be open until Tuesday, June 11.

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