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Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Page: 3914

Senator FIELDING (Leader of the Family First Party) (3:44 PM) —I move:

   That the Senate:

(a)   notes that:

(i)   4 years ago more than 100 fishermen in Queensland had criminal convictions recorded against them and were each fined $2,500 for innocently dropping a fishing line in water which is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and

(ii)   2 years ago the Federal Government downgraded the offence to an infringement with a $1,100 fine and no criminal conviction, however, the fishermen still have a criminal conviction recorded against their name; and

(b)   calls on the Federal Government to fix this anomaly by making sure these fishermen are given a pardon and do not have the permanent stain of a criminal record to their names.