- They had the McCarthy Review and didn't implement the recommendations that would most seriously affect the trade (e.g. the Pen Air Turnover recommendations).
- They ignored the recommendations of the AVA, Australia's peak veterinary body, regarding space allowances and summer voyages.
- They had the Moss Review into Department culture..but it hasn't been released?
- They placed independent observers on every ship but no-one has seen any of the reports.
- ASEL Review Stage 2 submissions have been with DAWR for weeks but not released to the public. Doubt that they are too worried by VALE's submissions but perhaps they are scared of the AVA Submission? See here: http://ava.informz.net/ava/data/images/20180919%20AVAcomment_on_ASEL_stage-2-issues-paper_FINAL%20hi%20res.pdf
- They have allowed easy interchange of export licences (KLTT/RETWA/Emanuels...) As it has been, so it shall be.
- Removing high mortality voyage investigation reports from before 2012. But you can apply for them. Is that efficient and transparent?
- Removing all the documents released under FOI ... but (you guessed it) you can apply for them. Efficient and transparent?
- Now they are watering down the independent observers. If an exporter says they can't fit on the ship, they don't need one. Perhaps they could carry an independent vet on every ship as per VALE requests since inception and the long-standing Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) Live Export Policy.
DAWR has always been in bed with the exporters and nothing has changed there. It's time for an INDEPENDENT OFFICE OF ANIMAL WELFARE.