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Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Page: 489


Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (15:53): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Western Australian Government has implemented a new catch and kill policy which applies to the International Union for Conservation of Nature red-listed and federally-protected white sharks, and

(ii) the new 'Serious Threat Guidelines' (the guidelines) enable a shark to be caught and killed simply for being detected in a location over a number of days, without requiring other preventative actions to be implemented first, such as closing beaches, and allow the continued use of indiscriminate capture measures such as baited drum lines;

(b) condemns the guidelines of the Western Australian Government; and

(c) calls on the Minister for the Environment (Mr Hunt) not to grant any further exemptions to the Western Australian Government under section 158 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 that would allow Western Australia to instigate the guidelines.