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WA Premier Mark McGowan has ‘productive’ talks on live sheep exports with Agriculture Minister Murray Watt

Premier Mark McGowan has reached out to the Federal Agriculture Minister to discuss WA’s live sheep export industry after being pressed by Nationals leader David Littleproud to do more.

Agriculture Minister Murray Watt told The West Australian he had a “very productive conversation” with Mr McGowan in person earlier this month, but that Labor’s election commitment to phase out live sheep exports still remained.

It comes just months after the Premier refused to throw his support behind his own party’s plan to shut down Australia’s live sheep trade industry.

“I have had very productive conversations with Premier McGowan and value his ongoing consultation on a range of WA matters,” Senator Watt said.

“While in WA and elsewhere, I have made clear that I intend to implement our election commitment to phase out live sheep exports, but we will do that in an orderly way, in consultation with industry and other stakeholders.

“We will consult on how we implement the commitment and over what time frame because we want to seize opportunities to create more export dollars and regional jobs, especially through more onshore meat processing.”

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