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Rockliff Must Rule Out Weakening Environmental Laws

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Wednesday, 24 May 2023

Tags: Fish Farms, Huon Aquaculture, Marine Environment

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Marine Environment spokesperson

Premier Jeremy Rockliff must rule out any steps to weaken Tasmania’s environmental protection laws, or to expand industrial fish farming operations.

New Huon Aquaculture owners, JBS, appear to have been working in secret for some time to get even more concessions from the Liberals for their damaging industry. Who could forget the exclusive $4400 a head Liberal fundraising dinner where the Premier promised fish farm executives the world?

Now this multinational giant has taken their campaign for a fish farming bonanza to the media. Clearly they’ve got Jeremy Rockliff right where they want him, and believe they only need a feather touch to get him over the line.

It’s no surprise these massive industrial players think they can get whatever they want – Jeremy Rockliff has shown he’s a pushover by the dud deal he signed with the AFL.

Tasmanians need the Premier to grow a spine, and demonstrate our state isn’t a corporate plaything. He must immediately rule out weakening any environmental laws, commit to no expansion of industrial fish farming operations in Tasmanian waters, and to getting them out of public waters for good.