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      5   Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Declared Fishing Activities) Bill 2012

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the bill be now read a second time— And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr Hunt, viz.— That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House calls on the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities to explain:

(1)    the reasons for his decision to reverse the policy that he introduced as Fisheries Minister in October 2009 which stated: “There are considerable economies of scale in the fishery and the most efficient way to fish may include large scale factory freezer vessels”;

(2)    why he effectively invited the Margiris into Australia by promoting ‘large scale factory freezer vessels’; and

(3)    what actions he will take to compensate the 50 Australian workers who are losing their jobs as a consequence of this legislation”—

Debate resumed.

Dr Leigh addressing the House—

It being 1.45 p.m., the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 43, Dr Leigh was granted leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumed, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.