You are here

Brand Tasmania Bill 2018 - Second Reading

22 November 2018
Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I want to make a small 
contribution. I have been listening to the comments from other members. 
I support the integrity of Brand Tasmania. I have heard members talk 
about the value of having a brand which is recognised throughout the world, 
throughout Australia, as particular to our state. It is important that 
brand is genuine and can be perceived to be credible by a whole range of 
people who make an active choice to purchase a Tasmanian product. 

In that light I want to put on the record concerns that have been raised 
about the need to create environmental laws in Tasmania that underpin the 
functioning of the Tasmanian marine environment so that the Tasmanian 
salmon industry can claim genuine environmental protections, genuine 
environmental sustainability for their products, so that we can shore up 
the credibility of the brand in relation to clean and green because clean 
and green means something real. It means we have waters which are pure, 
waters which are functioning for a health ecosystem. It means that people 
who are living outside Tasmania can feel confident when they purchase a 
Tasmanian product, that it is what it says it claims to be. 

In these days of social media, information can unfortunately be 
transmitted all too rapidly when people have concerns about a product. In 
addition to this bill, this Government has within its ability to shore up 
our environmental laws because at the moment it is not doing what it needs 
to do to protect the marine environment, to give consumers a say and to 
give the community a say over the expansion of the salmon industry. 
Clearly you have a situation when key members of a scientific panel - key 
scientists - resign in protest because they believe the science and the 
report produced from that panel is not based on good science. What we are 
finding is that has an effect. It has an effect not just on the members 
of the panel who resigned, but it has an effect on the integrity of the 
claim for clean and green and for a sustainable marine environment. 

I ask the Premier to really listen to the concerns of the Australian 
Marine Conservation Society which downgraded Tasmanian salmon from being 
on an amber alert to being a red flag so that the Sustainable Seafood 
Guide now says to Australian consumers, 'Don't not buy Tasmanian salmon'. 
We should all be really concerned about that. It is not good for our 
reputation as a state to have that red flag, and the red flag did not come 
from any other reason 

Ms O'Connor - It grew too fast. 

Dr WOODRUFF - It is not good for our reputation as a state and to have 
that red flag, which did not come from any other reason other than this 
Liberal Government failing to put in place an independence over the 
management of the Tasmanian salmon industry so that the Macquarie Harbor 
ecological collapse that has occurred falls at their feet. The expansion 
that is happening into Storm Bay, the approval the Premier gave to Huon 
Aquaculture and Tassal, seemingly against the advice of key scientists on 
the marine farming panel, with a corrupted process that did not give the 
community and other stakeholders a say, and did not attend to the concerns 
of the Derwent Estuary Program about serious risks to the Derwent Estuary 
as a result of salmon farming in Storm Bay. Clearly this signals 
something. If the Premier is not listening, the Australian Conservation 
Marine Society is listening and it has downgraded Tasmanian salmon. This 
is something we have to act on. It potentially has effect on a whole 
range of other products exported out of Tasmania.

I conclude by saying thank you very much to Christine Milne and her 
visionary understanding about what clean and green could be. The Greens 
are calling on the Premier to act to shore up Brand Tasmania in the ways 
it needs to be done by creating laws that work to protect our environment.

Ms O'Connor - Hear, hear.