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Senate agrees to industry representation on GBRMPA Board.

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Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald Parliamentary Secretary for Northern Australia Liberal Senator for Queensland



Opposition and Independent Senators today joined forces to ensure an industry voice on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Moving an amendment to the Government’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park & Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008l, Queensland Liberal Senator and Opposition Spokesman on Northern Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, said that management of one of the world’s great natural icons would be better served by having a Board member with direct experience and contact with the reef.

“Following discussions with Independent Senators, I amended the motion to ensure that a tourism industry person was included in the GBRMPA Board,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The Minister makes appointments to the Board but the amendment will ensure that in making the appointment the Minister selects as one of the five Board Members a person with experience in tourism operations on the Barrier Reef.”

The Amendment was opposed by the Labor Party and the Greens.

Currently the Board consists of only four Members:

Dr Russell Reichalt as Chairman and CEO, Cairns Lawyer Mr Russell Beer, an Indigenous person Ms Melissa George and Mr Ken Smith.

“The Senate will later today debate the Opposition’s motion to remove criminal convictions from those convicted of Green Zones offences between 2004 and 2006,” Senator Macdonald said.


3 November 2008

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