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FEDERAL Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has urged Australian shearers not to travel internationally to aid in global workforce shortages.

New Zealand and Australian shearers were recently given an exemption to travel to the United Kingdom to help combat its shearer shortage.

However, the Nationals deputy leader said travelling abroad was ill-advised due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The last place I’d want to go to is the UK,” Mr Littleproud told The Land.

“The safest place in the world at the moment is Australia.

“There’s plenty of work to be done in Australia, the conditions are good, the pay’s good and we are in a really fortunate position right now when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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