The Cattle Australia board has congratulated new Western Australian Premier Roger Cook, on his decision to scrap the state’s Cultural Heritage Act.
Cattle Australia Chair, David Foote said it was important such laws struck a balance between cultural heritage and the economy.
“The Cultural Heritage Act was so far out of balance, it just had to go,” Mr Foote said.
“Our agricultural industries are a critical part of the economy and should be protected.
“We are pleased to see common sense prevail, and we thank WA Roger Cook for taking necessary action to protect our food supply.
“We also appreciate the work Jackie Jarvis has done, consulting with industry.
“This would not have been an easy decision, but it was the right decision.
“We have great respect for our first nations peoples and a great appreciation for the contribution they make to agriculture.
“This law would have had a negative impact on their communities too, by forcing up food prices.
“All Australians are already feeling the pinch of inflation at the supermarket, so it is crucial we can produce food as efficiently and effectively as possible.
“The Federal Government should take note as they consider the future of the live sheep export industry.
“It takes courage to do what’s right and to set policy based on evidence rather than ideology.
“There is overwhelming evidence the live export industry is operating with world-class welfare standards.
“The industry also underpins the economies of numerous regional economies and contributes to the viability of many grain-producing operations.
“It is not too late to do what’s right, and scrap plans for a phase-out of live sheep exports.”