Cronulla Fisheries closure put on hold

AROUND 200 protesters rallying today at NSW Parliament House were told Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner has temporarily put the closure of the Cronulla Fisheries centre on hold while the government considers findings of a Legislative Council Select Committee inquiry.

Christian Democrats MP Fred Nile who chaired the inquiry, told the assembled rally he was dismayed to find that the centre was being dismantled, phones disconnected and staff moved. He says when he discussed this with Deputy Premier Stoner he was told the issue had not been handled well.

Mr Nile said that the deputy premier had given an order to stop further action while the committee’s report was being considered.

Other speakers at the rally included Shadow Primary Industries Minister Steve Whan and Greens MP Cate Faehrmann who had both sat on the Cronulla Fisheries inquiry committee. 

Mr Nile said the government had three months to respond to the report.

The ABC has reported a spokeswoman for Mr Stoner has said the government expects to respond to the inquiry shortly.

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Christian Democrats leader Rev. Fred Nile fronting the rally. 

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Shadow Primary Industries Minister Steve Whan.

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Greens MP Cate Faerhmann.

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