We all knew ESCAS was flawed with non-independent auditors, auditors not trained in animal welfare, the vast majority of breaches found by Animals Australia (a not for profit charity) etc etc. However, despite all the flaws evident on analysis of the ESCAS Review, no-one anticipated that we would be opt to wind it back: reduced auditing and non-independent risk based assessments.
May as well just let the overseas facilities assess themselves (they can always aim for those oh-so-third 'world'-achievable OIE 'standards'). Much easier for the exporters. And lets face it, the government will still get its independent audits done at no cost by Animals Australia...and take no action, as per usual.