Liberal candidate for O'Conner Rick Wilson (left), Fred Troncone (Wellard), Shadown Minister for commincations and broadband Malcolm Turnbull, John Edwards (GM Jabri), Michael Stanton (International Livestock Exports) and Graham Daws (Emanuels), pictured during a meeting in Perth on Tuesday.
SHADOW Minister for communications and broadband Malcolm Turnbull met with leading industry live export representatives during a visit to Perth on Tuesday.
Industry representatives provided the Minister with a snapshot of the industry and engaged in general discussion about live exports in WA.
WA Live Exporters Association (WALEA) chairman John Edwards described the meeting as an information-gathering exercise by Mr Turnbull to increase his awareness of the issues facing the industry.
"WA exporters took the opportunity to explain to the Shadow Minister the imperatives surrounding the re-working of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) regulation," Mr Edwards said.
"ESCAS is an overly bureaucratic system that is weighing down the trade's commercial performance.
"It has fast become cost prohibitive both financially and in terms of the negative impact on markets and export numbers and things must change.
"ESCAS must be overhauled to deal with the real issue of acceptable animal welfare practices in-market.
"We acknowledge and support this but not the death by a thousand cuts of an economically valuable trade".