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Abbott turns to scare campaign on marine protection



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24 August 2012

Abbott turns to scare campaign on marine protection

Tony Abbott is using scare tactics to undermine attempts to secure Australia’s marine environments for future generations.

“Marine protection is about long term thinking, something the Coalition can’t appreciate,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

“Caring for our marine environment is not only about protecting the ecosystems but also about protecting the industries and communities that rely on them.

“Years of research and consultation have gone into the bioregional planning process that Mr Abbott now wants to abandon.

“To protect marine ecosystems, jobs and communities in the years to come, we need to take some sensible steps based on scientific evidence now. There is a wealth of scientific evidence that shows the value of marine protected areas in ensuring sustainable fisheries.

“Liberal state governments are putting short term gains ahead of the future interests of their states. Mr Abbott is now campaigning for such an approach at a national level

“Mr Abbott claims he isn't opposed to marine parks but who is he trying to kid?” Senator Siewert concluded.

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