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Thursday, 27 November 2014
Page: 9502

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:03): I, and also on behalf of Senators Williams and Bernardi, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) a Sea Shepherd environmental vessel recklessly discharged up to 500 litres of diesel into the pristine waters of Trinity Inlet at Cairns in October 2012,

(ii) the Sea Shepherd environmental organisation was:

   (A) fined $15 000 in Cairns Court for the pollution offence in July 2014, and

   (B) irresponsible for not taking sufficient care to prevent the discharge into the pristine waters and failed in its charter to protect and preserve marine life, and

(iii) the Australian arm of the organisation is chaired by former Greens leader, Dr Bob Brown; and

(b) calls on the Sea Shepherd organisation and its Chairman, Dr Brown, to apologise to the people of Queensland for the organisation's wilful and reckless damage to the Great Barrier Reef.