The Senate has called on the Department of Agriculture to release dozens of outstanding reports from independent observers on live export ships, more than a year after some of those voyages have ended.
To the surprise of everyone, the Coalition backed the motion from the Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi on Wednesday, saying the observers were intended to provide greater transparency over the live export trade. Labor also backed the motion, which called on the government to release the outstanding reports and committed to releasing future reports in a timely manner.
VALE's careful compilation and analysis of Independent Observer reports has highlighted the differences between the real reports and the official reports and makes it easy to find both the cover ups and the gaps. VALE applauds all in the Senate for their support of this motion.
See full report in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/24/rspca-seriously-concerned-about-sanitised-live-export-observer-reports
See VALE's Independent Observer report assessment page: http://www.vale.org.au/independent-observer-reports.html