Environmental Protection

Trawler ban a political stunt if it doesn’t address capacity

Greens fisheries spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says the Abbott government’s super trawler ban is a cynical political ploy and not science based fisheries policy.

“This ban is a cynical political ploy not based on the recent independent scientific panel’s advice on super trawlers,” Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said.

“Banning ships over a certain length means nothing if mega freezing capacity industrial scale trawlers are still allowed to plunder our oceans and threaten ecosystems.

Abbott ticks off environmental destruction shopping list

It has been 111 days since the election and Australians are now enjoying the end of year sales, but Tony Abbott's government has been ticking off a shopping list of 125 environmental destruction approvals for projects.

"Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt are rushing through environmental approvals at a rate of more than one a day," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"They can't hand back approval powers to the states and weaken environmental protection fast enough for their big business mates, so Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt are rushing through projects with a rubber stamp.

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