The Turnbull Government is now trying to lock 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.
The Government’s plans to cut marine parks are currently in the Senate. 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 crossbench joins us.
You can make your voice heard by signing Labor’s petition: https://www.tonyburke.com.au/get-active/oceans