Greens spokesperson on animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon commenting on Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce's plan to expand Australia's live export trade into Iran said:
"Minister Barnaby Joyce is looking after a few wealthy pastoralists ahead of jobs growth in regional Australia.
"Expanding the live export trade into Iran is not about assisting farmers and rural communities.
"Minister Joyce is putting his sectional interests before the economic health of regional and rural Australia.
"This expansion is happening while allegations of criminal misconduct within the live export trade are still being investigated.