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Monday, 12 October 2015
Page: 7323


Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (15:58): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the release of the World Wide Fund for Nature report Living Blue Planet Report: Species, habitats and human well being,

(ii) That the report found that:

   (A) 29 per cent of marine fisheries are overfished and that marine species are under increasing threat around the globe, including around one in four species of sharks, rays and skates are threatened with extinction,

   (B) key habitats, including coral reefs, sea grasses and mangroves, are declining, and

   (C) by increasing the marine protected area coverage to 30 per cent, up to US$920 billion could be generated between 20l5 and 2050, and

(iii) the Government's suspension of the marine protected areas with the 'redevelopment' of marine protected area management plans; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) re instate the marine protected areas management plans and marine protected areas, and

(ii) consider the solutions outlined in the report.