Kirsten Sides with Activists on Live Export Issue

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KIRSTEN Livermore spoke out against the live export of sheep and cattle in Parliament on Monday because she wants Rocky to remain a meatworkers' town.

The Member for Capricornia voiced her support for a Private Members motion, siding with animal rights activists in a call for the practice to be banned.

In her speech, Ms Livermore told MPs that Rockhampton has two meatworks a Teys Brothers at Lakes Creek and Swift at Nerimbera.

aWe've plenty of cattle and we've got a lot of meatworkers a generations of meatworkers in fact,a she said.

aBut it is not just Rockhampton that I speak for because there are meatworks just outside the electorate in Biloela and also Bakers Creek a smaller towns that would face an even more uncertain future without the employment opportunities provided by those meatworks.a

She said concerns about the threat from increased live exports to the meat processing industry in Queensland were real and had been expressed to her by the processing companies and the Australian Meat Industry Employees Union.

aThese people inside the industry tell me that the live export trade is changing and growing and impacting in a real way on the processing sector down the coast of Queensland in a way that hasn't happened in the past. …