The green light given by the federal Environment Minister last night to the supertrawler Margiris shows that our national environment laws are too weak and urgently need to be strengthened, the Australian Greens said today.
“If the Environment Minister can't prevent something so profoundly damaging to our environment from going ahead, then what exactly is his job?” Australian Greens environment spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, said.
“Conditions are not a solution - the conditions that Tony Burke has imposed on the supertrawler won't prevent it from its main function, which is to sweep up all the marine life in its path.
“Our national environment laws, which Tony Burke says don't empower him to stop the trawler, are the same laws that he and the Australian Government are planning to weaken even further, by handing over most approval powers to the states.
“The Australian Government should step up to their responsibilities and strengthen our environment laws, instead of washing their hands of environment protection and allowing our precious places and wildlife to be trashed for a quick buck.
“The supertrawler is not welcome in Brisbane, even on paper.”