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I’m absolutely delighted that the Senate has supported the government’s move to ban the supertrawler for two years.

Bringing the Margiris to Australia was always a dreadful idea and it’s unfortunate so many people have had to work so hard to ensure this ban was put in place.

It’s now up to the Commonwealth ombudsman to finalise the enquiry into the misconduct within the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and for the government to complete a thorough review of fisheries management in Australia more generally.

Frankly I’d like to see a permanent ban on all factory ships like the Margiris. But this two-year ban is still a big win and a thumping victory for people power, proper process and the rule of law.


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  1. Negotiations had been going on between AFMA and Seafish for a couple of years. The government has not had this sprung on them and Burke and Ludwig would have known about it as Fisheries Managers give regular reports to the upper hierarchy. Has this all been a set-up? It is well known how firmly entrenched the greens hold over the government is, so why did it even get off the ground? It is as if was a deliberate ploy so as to be able to sue for compensation, facilitated by the AFMA who was either in on it or acting as stupid as it normally does.


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