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Greens mark World Oceans Day

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Rachel Siewert 8 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens are today recognising World Oceans Day by joining a rally at Hillarys Marina maintaining pressure on the WA and Federal Governments over Colin Barnett's shark cull.

"World Ocean Day reminds us of the value of our oceans and marine life and the need to protect them from pollution, overfishing and climate change," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"Since Tony Abbott became Prime Minister, his Government have scrapped the management plans for our world-leading network of marine protected areas, making them little more than lines on a map.

"Tony Abbott's failure on the issue of marine protection shows his Government is intent on prioritising profits and development ahead of our oceans.

"This year's World Ocean Day also falls at the start of the EPA's assessment of Colin Barnett's proposal to extend his flawed shark cull.

"The Federal Government has handed responsibility for assessing this cull off to the EPA, and I have serious concerns about the WA Government carrying out the assessment of its own policy.

"West Australians will not accept sharks and other marine life being killed off our beaches. Today's rally is a strong reminder to the Premier that the Western Australian community does not support this policy.

"I am calling on the Federal Government to reject WA's shark cull and reinstate management plans for marine protected areas as a matter of urgency," Senator Siewert concluded.


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