Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s chief agricultural policy adviser has previously condemned animal farming as “intrinsically cruel” and campaigned to end live animal exports.
- A senior adviser to the Prime Minister’s Office has campaigned to end live animal exports
- The counselor once wrote that breeding is cruel
- Federal agriculture minister says ministers make policy decisions, not advisers
Skye Laris, the Prime Minister’s senior policy adviser, is a former GetUp campaigner who worked with Animals Australia and the RSPCA to push for a ban on live animal exports.
According to Ms Laris’s LinkedIn, she has been a senior environment, agriculture, industry and employment policy adviser to Parliament since June 2019, working in the Prime Minister’s Office as a senior adviser since May. .
“Animal cruelty is part of everyday farming practices,” she wrote for the website. Mamma Mia in 2016.
“The uncomfortable truth is that whether it’s live exports or long-haul domestic transport on trucks without food or water, or slaughtering calves in the dairy industry, or slaughtering pigs factory farming, or chooks living in space the size of an A4 piece of paper… it has gotten better over the years, but traditional farming is inherently cruel.
“From pen to plate, there’s almost always a part of an animal’s journey that wouldn’t add up if we as consumers were willing to know what really happened.”
Ms Laris previously worked in the office of then Agriculture Minister Tony Burke, whom she later married.
Ms Laris used the Mamma Mia article to criticize conventional farming practices in the cattle, egg, dairy and pork industries, after a view published by Animals Australia showed what appeared to be Australian cattle abused in a Vietnamese butcher shop.
“I don’t think tackling animal welfare is as simple as banning live animal exports [sic]“, Ms. Laris wrote.
“If we are upset about live exports, we should really look at what is happening here at home too.”
The Prime Minister’s Office would not comment on Ms Laris’ appointment, or whether she still shares those views.
In May, the Labor Party pledged ahead of the election to ban exports of live sheep.
He came under fire from farming groups when, during the election campaign, his plan to end the $92million-a-year live sheep trade was first publicly announced by a rights group animals.
The government has said it will not ban live cattle exports and the live sheep ban will not be introduced during this legislature.
Agriculture Minister Murray Watt said any decision on live animal exports was the responsibility of ministers, not advisers.
“I just heard about these reports myself,” Sen. Watt told the ABC when asked about Ms. Laris’s op-ed.
“But the important thing here is that the people who ultimately make these decisions about live exports or whatever are the elected ministers like me, and it’s more about ministers.
“I have certainly never expressed views like that one way or another on the matter and I will certainly take what I believe to be a responsible approach to matters involving live animal exports. .
“I’ve had very productive conversations with all the players, whether they’re industry members [or] activist groups, the approach we take on all issues as a government is that everyone has a say, but then we make the decisions as an elected government. »
In 2020, a senior Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade official, Julie Delforce, who is also the mother of a well-known animal rights activist, resigned following an investigation into her links to the website animal activists from Aussie Farms.
Ms. Laris did not respond to the ABC’s written request for comment.