Home - Claire Moore - Labor Senator for Queensland

AUSTRALIA'S MARINE PARKS

I have been receiving many emails which have raised concerns about the Turnbull Government's proposal for the Commonwealth Marine Reserves.

I have spoken with Tony Burke, Labor's Shadow Minister for the Environment and Water, and he has provided me with information on Labor's policy for the Commonwealth Marine Reserves which does not support the Government's proposal.

Labor moved to disallow them but the disallowance votes were defeated 34-28.

Labor has moved another disallowance of the Government's plans. We expect this to be voted on in August. We still have a chance to block the process if the cross bench joins us.

You can make your voice heard by:

Signing Labor's petition: Protect Our Oceans!

Emailing the crossbench asking them to not support the government's devastating marine park plans, details below:

Senator Stirling Griff - XENOPHON Team - senator.griff@aph.gov.au

Senator Rex Patrick - XENOPHON Team - senator.patrick@aph.gov.au

Senator Tim Storer - Independent - senator.storer@aph.gov.au

Senator Derryn Hinch - DHJP - senator.hinch@aph.gov.au

Senator Steve Martin - Independent - senator.martin@aph.gov.au

The media releases shown below have been put out by Tony Burke in response to the Turnbull Government's proposals.


THE HON TONY BURKE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP AND MULTICULTURAL AUSTRALIA
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
MEMBER FOR WATSON

THE LARGEST STEP BACKWARD IN CONSERVATION HISTORY


Tonight without notice the Government brought forward a debate that was not expected to occur for some weeks on the disallowance motions for their marine park cuts.

The disallowance votes were defeated 34-28.

As a result the Government has now locked in the largest removal of area from conservation in history. No government anywhere in the world on land or sea has ever removed this much area from conservation.

There will be many losers as a result of this decision. At a time when ocean health is at critical levels the opportunity to establish resilience in large protected areas is seriously damaged by this decision. Recreational fishers have now lost the largest 'recreational only' fishing area in the world and large-scale industrial fishing and supertrawlers have now received a standing invitation from the Australian Government to exploit Australia's marine life.

It is clear now that the only way to properly protect our oceans is to change the government.
Malcolm Turnbull and Josh Frydenberg will forever now be saddled with the global reputation of having removed more area from conservation than any other people ever.

TUESDAY, 27 MARCH 2018

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra


THE HON TONY BURKE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP AND MULTICULTURAL AUSTRALIA
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
MEMBER FOR WATSON


FACT CHECK: FRYDENBERG INCORRECT AGAIN

This morning on ABC Radio National with Fran Kelly, Minister Frydenberg said Labor implemented draft marine management plans.

FRAN KELLY:
This week Minister you've also had a busy week releasing the new boundaries for marine park reserves. Changes to the regulations of 44 marine parks. You've also reduced green conservation areas around the Great Barrier Reef from 50 percent to 25 percent. Labor and conservation groups aren't happy about that. In fact, the only people who seem happy about it are fishing industry. Should we be worried when the only people welcoming your new marine reserve boundaries are the fishermen?

JOSH FRYDENBERG:
Well it's disingenuous in the extreme for the Labor Party to talk about cutting protections because they introduced draft management plans back in 2012 that due to their chaotic approach never got implemented.

Labor put final plans in place in 2012. We did have draft plans that were consulted on as part of our six rounds of consultation but they were finalised in 2012 and tabled in Parliament.

Josh Frydenberg should know this given that he voted six times to disallow these final plans. On each occasion the Liberal party's attempt to stop these plans form being legally enforceable failed by one vote.

My Frydenberg has either forgotten, knows and is deliberately lying, or never paid attention to what he was voting on in the first place.

No matter which way you look at it, the Government has now spent four years engaging in the largest removal of area from conservation protection in history.

FRIDAY, 23 MARCH 2018

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra


THE HON TONY BURKE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP AND MULTICULTURAL AUSTRALIA
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
MEMBER FOR WATSON

FALSE CLAIMS ABOUT LABOR'S MARINE PARK CONSULTATION FROM A DESPERATE MINISTER

Today in the Courier mail Josh Frydenberg claimed Labor put in place the national network or marine reserves "without proper consultation."

Today on ABC Radio National fisherman Bruce Davey made a claim that Labor's network was developed "without even consulting with fishermen."

Any claim that Labor did not adequately consult on marine parks is false.

Labor undertook six rounds of consultation on marine parks, in consulting Labor:

Received almost three-quarters of a million submissions
Held almost 250 stakeholder meetings which were attended by over 2000 people.

This is almost six times more submissions than the Turnbull government received on its proposals.

Even the government's own hand-picked review panel found Labor's consultation had been extensive. It stated:
There was a considerable amount of 'consultation fatigue' expressed by many stakeholders in the face-to-face meetings. A common initial comment was 'We've already been through this; can't we just get on with it?'

Mr Davey's claim is surprising given he personally attended a consultation meeting with me, as Environment Minister, in Cairns on Sunday 6 May, 2012. The meeting included a range of fisheries stakeholders and several department officials.

It doesn't matter how Josh Frydenberg tries to spin it, this government is undertaking the largest removal of area from conservation in history.

THURSDAY, 22 MARCH 2018

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra


THE HON TONY BURKE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP AND MULTICULTURAL AUSTRALIA
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
MEMBER FOR WATSON

THE GOVERNMENT HAS JUST GUTTED AUSTRALIA'S MARINE PARKS

This afternoon Josh Frydenberg released the management plans for Australia's marine parks and it's worse than we ever imagined.

Australia's network of marine parks has been gutted. The more pristine the area, the more savage the changes are. The Coral Sea has gone from being the Jewel in the Crown of the Commonwealth Marine Parks protecting the eastern side of the Great Barrier Reef to now being a haven for longlining and trawling.

This decision removes more area from conservation than any decision from any government in any country ever. There has never been a step backwards in conservation area as large as this from any country on earth.

The Government's own handpicked panel had recommended a series of changes which reduced the environmental outcome of the original marine reserves. Josh Frydenberg has looked at those changes and determined that even they didn't go far enough and has decided to take even more areas out of environmental protection.

He has also attacked recreational fishing by taking an area which had been the largest recreational fishing-only zone in the world and opened it up in full to commercial operators. The commercial operators include longliners, purse seine fishing and mid-water trawling which is the same method of fishing used by the super trawler.

The worst area affected is the Coral Sea. Per seine, longlining and mid-water trawling (the same method used by the super trawler) are all now allowed across the Coral Sea with a clear uninterrupted path from North to South.

TUESDAY, 20 MARCH 2018

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra