Friday, March 1, 2024

End to green zone saga

The Nationals’ Senator Ron Boswell and Liberals Senator Ian Macdonald said this week that they were delighted that the long awaited amendment that sees criminal convictions for green zone fishermen regarded as “spent” has finally been proclaimed.

Senator Boswell said that “the proclamation of these provisions has taken far too long to be enacted.”

“These fishermen are free today to get on with their lives without the burden of a criminal conviction,” he said.

Senator Macdonald said that “the weight of a criminal record will be buried for the more than 300 people who were convicted for fishing in a green zone before the penalties changed to include only a heavy fine for the same offence.”

“The convictions were totally unfair and this is why Senator Boswell and I sponsored amendments to remove the burden of these convictions.”

“This decision means that the Coalition has fulfilled the promise we made to those unfairly burdened fishermen.”

Senator Macdonald said that “together we have been working for two years to right the wrongs that bad legislation had inflicted on these people.”

“The decision will alter convictions so they will be regarded as spent convictions.”

“This decision will effectively overturn the convictions and will apply to anyone who has a criminal conviction where the fine was $5000 or less.”

Senator Boswell said that “today is the day we can put this behind us and remove the burden of these criminal convictions from people’s lives”


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