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Abbott intent on dismantling marine parks



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26 August 2013

Abbott intent on dismantling marine parks

The Australian Greens said today that Tony Abbott is signalling his intention to dismantle Australia's world class network of marine parks if the Coalition wins the election.

"The signs are clear that the Coalition are intent on dismantling our network of marine parks, effectively wiping out 10 years' worth of work," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"Yet again we see the Coalition actively undermining the science and consultation that has gone into Australia's marine parks.

"The Coalition are part of an industry scare campaign and are putting our fisheries and communities at risk. We all know that our fish stocks are under incredible pressure, and new threats like ocean warming due to climate change need to be faced head-on.

"The Greens in balance of power in the Senate would block Coalition efforts to dump the current management plans.

"It has never been more important to put Greens in the Senate and protect Australia's marine environment into the future," Senator Siewert concluded.