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Monday, 7 September 2015
Page: 6094

Senator COLBECK (TasmaniaParliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture) (15:39): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute

Senator COLBECK: The government does not support this reference. The matter of the Small Pelagic Fishery has been referred by the Labor Party to two scientific panels, which have been reported and have been the subject of significant scientific research that has been published by the government as we committed to prior to the election.

People ask why there is a reluctance to invest in Australian primary industries and the use of this Senate inquiry to play politics with this matter is a clear example of why. There is a business out there that is trying to get on with conducting its business in this fishery, which has been approved and supported by institutions such as the CSIRO Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and SARDI in South Australia. The science is quite clear that this fishery can be sustainably fished and managed, yet the Labor Party wants to play politics with it.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator McEwen at the request of Senator Urquhart and Senator Brown be agreed to.