Fair ac­cess to Queens­land’s fresh seafood

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

MEM­BER for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett went into bat for fish­ers to fight for fair com­pen­sa­tion and long-term re­forms.

Mr Ben­nett reaf­firmed his sup­port of the fish­ing industry, and urged the La­bor Gov­ern­ment to scrap its rushed process to im­ple­ment net-free zones in Cairns, Mackay and Rock­hamp­ton.

“The industry needs long-term in­vest­ment and pol­icy lead­er­ship, not rushed short-term op­tions,” Mr Ben­nett said.

Mr Ben­nett said he rec­om­mended the gov­ern­ment com­mit to a more de­tailed ex­am­i­na­tion of the Queens­land east coast fish­ery.

“We need a sus­tain­able pol­icy frame­work go­ing for­ward. We do need reg­u­lar mon­i­tor­ing, and we do need to get the stake­hold­ers in Queens­land fish­eries not to keep putting in th­ese crazy, lazy poli­cies of ‘set and for­get’ that af­fect us all,” he said.

Mr Ben­nett called on the State Gov­ern­ment to com­mit to long-term re­forms to en­sure fair ac­cess for all Queens­lan­ders to fresh seafood.

He said the LNP re­mained com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing the fish­ing industry re­mained sus­tain­able and any pol­icy mov­ing for­ward would be based on sound sci­ence, broad con­sul­ta­tion, agree­ment and fair com­pen­sa­tion.

Mr Ben­nett said the de­bate forced La­bor to bow to pres­sure from the LNP Op­po­si­tion to in­crease com­pen­sa­tion to com­mer­cial fish­ers who would be af­fected by the gov­ern­ment’s knee-jerk net-free fish­ing zone pol­icy.

“While we man­aged to force the gov­ern­ment to triple the com­pen­sa­tion avail­able to com­mer­cial fish­ers, al­low­ing a dig­ni­fied exit from the industry, there’s still more to be done,” he said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NET FREE: En­sur­ing the fish­ing industry re­mains sus­tain­able.

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