The Government’s announcement today of a Northern Marine Park shows Labor has happily jumped into bed with the green extreme zealots trying to wipe out the Territory’s fishing and tourism industry by imposing a widespread marine park in NT waters, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said.
“I was at the fishing rally in November last year at Stokes Hill Wharf and promised to fight this ludicrous decision with every fibre of my being and I will continue to do so,” Senator Scullion said.
“I can’t believe Environment Minister Tony Burke can make this marine park in the NT waters that are the most pristine and cared for waters that already have lots of protection.
“One hundred per cent of our waters are protected under a variety of acts such as the Northern Territory marine Act, the Fisheries Act, the Maritime Safety Act as well as acts on gas and oil mining in northern maritime waters.
“There are already layers of protection and these are just lines on a map that won’t do anything to protect marine life.
“As I said in a speech to Parliament last year you cannot make a whale turn left; you cannot make a piece of coral grow over there; you cannot say to a dugong, ‘Don’t swim over here,’ because a line on a map does absolutely nothing to affect animal habitats or movement.
“A Coalition government would appoint a science-based panel to review all boundaries in all zones.
“The marine parks network must be based on science and developed in consultation with the community, no just pandering to the Greens and environmental groups as Minister Burke has done.
“Unfortunately, the consultation by Labor so far has been a farce.
“The Coalition strongly believes it is important to look after Australia’s marine environment as a whole, not just selectively pick and choose parts based on the demands of the most vocal stakeholders.
“We must stand up against those who would destroy a critical aspect of the way of life of Territorians that is fishing sustainably as a recreation or as a business.
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