Speaking from the rally held today in Muresk, Keep the Sheep campaign spokesperson, Ben Sutherland said it sent a strong message back to Canberra that there were thousands of supporters and that the Albanese Government’s policy to ban live sheep exports was a losing one.

“We’ve seen another 2-3000 people travel, in some circumstances thousands of kilometres, take a day off work, out of school and away from their lives because they feel so strongly that we had to send a message that this ban will affect people’s lives and livelihoods,”

“Australians believe in a fair go. Sweeping in from Canberra with a policy that puts people out of business that is based on a ‘vibe’ from activists that discounts fact is unfair and un-Australian,” he said.

The rally was arranged to demonstrate to the House of Representatives inquiry the level of opposition to the policy and show how unfair the policy and its implementation have been.

“We are very worried that this committee is rushing towards a stitched up political outcome. The Canberra hearing demonstrated the bias the committee has already showed. It is frustrating to have MPs that aren’t from WA thinking they know what’s best for us.”

“The clear message we want to send today is: come and look us in the eye and see the people you’re hurting and listen to our stories. Do you really know better than us?”

Western Australians look after their own and we’ve been very grateful for the support of the people of Perth. The question is for how long will Albanese Government MPs bury their heads in the sand and ignore how harmful and unpopular this policy is?”

We have supporters mobilised from across Western Australia and the Eastern states, because they understand that it might be sheep today, but their jobs tomorrow.”

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