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When is a 'Ban' Not a Ban?

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Tags: Fish Farms, East Coast, Okehampton Bay, Environment, Marine Environment

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Liberals continue to try to mislead Tasmanians over fish farming expansion on to the East Coast.

In Question Time today, the Premier did not deny the so-called ban on fish farming in 99% of Mercury Passage was cooked up in haste late last week to take heat off Minister Rockliff in Estimates last Thursday.

Nor did the Premier deny that the dodgy looking map, that was released on Thursday morning, was cooked up in the Premier's media unit.  

He waved around a slightly less suspect looking map in Parliament this morning, claiming it was a DPIPWE map, which we couldn't find on the DPIPWE website.

The bottom line is that this 'ban' is not a ban.  It's an attempt to fool people who are worried about 800 000 fish going into Okehampton Bay, polluting the clean, clear waters of the Mercury Passage.

Tasmanians are smarter than that.  They won't be fooled by such a cheap attempt at concealing the truth.

The truth is that the Liberals approved a fish farm in Okehampton Bay, establishing a flawed assessment process that shut out and ignored community concern.

The truth is that the Liberals are prepared to sacrifice the health of East Coast waters on the altar of political expediency.

The truth is that the entire East Coast should be fish farm free.