Commonwealth Marine Park disallowance motions fail

THE Senate disallowance motion on the series of Commonwealth Marine Parks has been defeated this afternoon. As a result, the Coalition’s sensible and balanced plans will remain in place for now.

Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), the national peak body representing Australia’s commercial fishers, has welcomed news of the five failed disallowance motions against the Commonwealth Marine Park management plans.

“Firstly, I would like to thank the Coalition and crossbench Senators who upheld their position of support of the plans and voted against the disallowance motions,” SIA CEO Jane Lovell said.

“This is a momentous occasion for our industry – the uncertainty that has plagued much of our wildcatch sector is now gone. We thank the Senate for staying the course and confirming its support of the Australian seafood industry. We also thank all those who worked hard to listen to and respond to the professional industry’s concerns.

“This result is due in no small part to the united stance of Australia’s professional and recreational fishers. The consensus from the entire fishing industry, across all Australian states and territories, is one of relief. This result shows exactly what can be achieved when the industry presents a united front.

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