Fair access to Queensland’s fresh seafood
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.
NET FREE: Ensuring the fishing industry remains sustainable.