GREENS leader Richard Di Natale says live export has no place in the modern economy, as the party attempts to ramp up its economic credentials.
However, Senator Di Natale said while the party wanted to increase its economic credibility, it still wanted to promote its traditional policy strengths such as proactive messaging on climate change and opposition to live exports.
The Senator said a ban on live exports would increase local economic opportunities, especially through increased on-shore meat processing.
“If you accept live animal exports you have to accept you don’t have control over what happens over those animals, and therefore animal cruelty will occur at regular intervals,” he said.
“Once these animals leave our shores you don’t have the same level of regulatory oversight within the industry."
Mr Di Natale said the party's improved economic standing would come from pushing its view of a national economy transitioning away from “last century industries” towards a “modern green economy” underpinned by renewable energies.
That new economic landscape would be founded on advanced manufacturing and digital technologies, and fuelled by strong research and development investments and science-based policies, he said.