Background to motion
Back in November 2012, the Labor Government imposed a two-year ban on super trawlers in response to opposition to the Abel Tasman. This temporary ban has now ended and a further temporary ban will end in April 2015.
In November this year, two Tasmanians travelled to Canberra to deliver a petition signed by 30,000 people that asked the Federal Government to permanently ban super trawlers. This motion takes up this request for a permanent ban.
Read more about the debate surrounding super trawlers and their impact on the sustainability of fisheries in this Background Briefing.
That the Senate—
(ii) the report found a super trawler would negatively impact on protected species such as seals, dolphins and sea birds, and
(iii) the statement by the Prime Minister (Mr Abbott) on 4 March 2014 that 'the super trawler is banned from Australian waters…it was banned with the support of members on this side of the House. It was banned; it will stay banned'; and
(b) calls on the Government to introduce legislation banning super trawlers from Australian waters.