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Greens urge Federal Government to stay out of Great Barrier Reef shark control

Greens Healthy Oceans spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has urged the Federal Government not to intervene in Queensland’s Shark Control Program after the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ordered an end to lethal shark culling in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “I urge the Federal Environment Minister to put our oceans first and listen to the scientific evidence that killing sharks does not make oceangoers safe.

 

“Lethal methods of killing sharks only provide a false sense of security.”

 

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Queensland's shameful shark culling program challenged in court

Greens Healthy Oceans spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has come out in support of a legal challenge to the Queensland Government’s “archaic and shameful” shark culling program in the Great Barrier Reef, the hearing for which will be held in Brisbane today. 

Humane Society International, represented by the Environmental Defenders Office NSW, is arguing that the shark control program is in conflict with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's responsibility to protect the reef, as the drum lines continue to kill sharks, turtles, rays and other marine life. 

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Media Release: Frydenberg proved wrong by world’s first shark population survey and still calls for culls

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Shark nets don't make the ocean safe, especially for marine life

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has strongly criticised the Federal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg for granting a blanket exemption for the NSW government to undertake a shark netting program.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Environment Minister is misusing a clause in the EPBC Act that exists to allow communities to respond to national emergencies like bushfires, wars and floods without seeking approval if there might be interactions with endangered species.

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NSW claims “jobs and growth” impacts from sharks to bypass EPBC Act

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has labelled the NSW Government’s rationale in requesting the Federal Government use emergency provisions to dodge environmental impact assessments as ludicrous. The NSW Government has given notice to the Federal Environment Minister saying he should use his emergency powers stating that media reports of shark interactions are likely to impact on “jobs and growth”.

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