Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT and PARKS, Mr JAENSCH
Communities around Tasmania have spent years lodging formal complaints to the EPA about the devastating impacts of fish farm operations on marine waters, on boating safety and on residents' lifestyles. They have given up on the environmental regulator, which never acts to stop industrial-level nutrient overload, plastic pollution and constant mentally harmful noise. The beaches of Long Bay and White Beach on the Tasman Peninsula, Deep Bay, Brabazon Point and Kays Beach on the Huon, and the length and breadth of D'Entrecasteaux Channel beaches are choked with green slime and the waters are filled with brown-snot algae instead of marine biodiversity.
You have vacated your role as the minister responsible for environmental protection. Will you listen to the community and the science and step in and change your policy directive to the EPA and instead instruct the EPA to prioritise environmental protection instead of industry productivity, which is what you currently direct them to do?
Madam Speaker, I thank the member for her question and her interest and concern in the health of our environment. I can confirm that EPA Tasmania received a number of emails in the last week of September regarding extensive seaweed washed onto White Beach at Nubeena and other locations.
Ms O'Connor - Long Bay. Bruny Island.
Dr Woodruff - Deep Bay
Madam SPEAKER - I don't know why you bother answering if they are going to -
Ms O'CONNOR - Madam Speaker, that is most inappropriate. The minister has been asked to answer a question -
Madam SPEAKER - The minister has just given up and walked away because of your interruptions.
Ms O'CONNOR - No, it is because he does not have an answer. This is so inappropriate. I have never seen anything like it.
Madam SPEAKER - It is the minister's prerogative to answer as he pleases. He was not being listened to, he was being spoken over, and he chose to go back to his seat. Please proceed back to your seat.