INDEPENDENT Federal MP Bob Katter has launched a scathing attack on Meat and Livestock Australia, calling for the group to be dissolved.
Despite refusing to consult the organisation, the member for Kennedy says MLA’s lack of work towards ensuring proper livestock export practices, should result in the organisation being scrapped.
"I will be moving legislation to abolish the MLA and create a grass-roots body run by serious practicing cattlemen,'' Mr Katter said.
"They will have the power and determination to demand and secure the proper performance in the processing out of our animals, a task that the MLA - with their $100m a year - has miserably failed to do.''
Mr Katter plans to put legislation that sees the MLA removed and replaced with a "grassroots" organisation to parliament in February.
The MLA has hit back at Mr Katter's claims, declaring them misdirected and arguing the role of the organisation was concerned primarily with research and development.
"Mr Katter clearly does not understand MLA's role in the industry. Our role is marketing and R&D service provider for cattle, sheep and goat industries,'' MLA Managing Director Scott Hansen said.
"MLA has no regulatory powers. Live export supply chain compliance to the prescribed welfare standards is regulated by the Australian Government.
"I have personally attempted to contact Mr Katter several times over the past year to explain MLA's role to him, but have so far been unsuccessful.''
Despite this, Mr Katter said he refused to speak to the MLA or conduct any formal or informal consultation processes.
"I'm not the slightest bit interested in talking to them,'' Mr Katter said.
"They're not answerable to me.
"I haven't consulted with anyone on it."