MEDIA RELEASE: TURNBULL GOVERNMENT LOCKS IN LARGEST REMOVAL OF AREA UNDER CONSERVATION EVER
The Australian Parliament has just locked in the largest removal of area under conservation in history.
The Senators considered each of the Marine Park Management Plans and the disallowance motions moved by Labor Senator Louise Pratt have each been defeated.
This is a shocking day for conservation.
No Government anywhere in the world has ever removed an area this large from conservation on land or sea. The process, which was commenced by Tony Abbott in 2013 has now been completed by Malcolm Turnbull and locked in by the Senate.
At a time when the health of our oceans has never been worse the rest of the world has been adding marine protected areas at the exact same time as Australia has been removing them.
Labor acknowledges the support of the Senators from the Green Party during this process.
The fight to protect our oceans will continue. It must.
Labor will have more to say on this in the near future.
THURSDAY, 16 AUGUST 2018