Michelle Grattan speaks with Nicholas Klomp about the week in politics.
A strong stand by the Israeli government on Australian sheep exports is significant given the trade's current problems.
The government action means there is no trade at the moment after the other current exporter, Livestock Shipping Services, paused its trade over the northern summer.
Labor on Thursday will move an amendment to phase out live sheep exports, mirroring the private member's bill put up by Liberal MP Sussan Ley.
In choosing not to ban the live export trade even in the hottest northern months, the federal government is allowing animals to be put in conditions where they cannot possibly escape suffering.
It was the week that saw a parliamentary committee recommend a referendum to end the dual citizenship debacle- but the idea was immediately shut down by the government.
In the face of shocking footage of animals dying on ships, it seems impossible that our live export trade will remain as it is. Here are three areas to address.
The government is resisting pressure to phase out the trade, ahead of a review expected to recommend more stringent regulations.