Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—
(1) Notes that Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP asserts his Marine Farming Planning Review Panel has provided independent scientific advice that supports salmon farming in Okehampton Bay.
(a) the Marine Farming Planning Review Panel is a government panel, housed within DPIPWE, that was purged in 2011 by the Labor party to place ultimate decision-making with the Minister, after it rejected a proposed lease expansion by Tassal to Soldiers Point;
(b) the only scientific expert on the panel is Adjunct Professor Buxton, now working as a private consultant and best known for his support for bringing Super Trawlers to Tasmania; and
(c) the Panel’s other members are:—
(i) the director of the EPA who is currently being sued by industry for failing to regulate to protect Macquarie Harbour;
(ii) a retired bureaucrat that managed licencing in Marine Resources;
(iii) an owner of an apricot business in Richmond;
(iv) a former director and owner of Plastic Fabrications Group that supplies salmon cages and boats to Tassal; and
(v) a retired commercial solicitor who served for over a decade with Tassal’s CEO Mark Ryan as a director of Salmon Enterprises of Tasmania, which is majority owned by Tassal.
(3) Acknowledges that tourists come from across the world to see the white beaches and pristine waters of Tasmania's East coast.
(4) Calls on the Liberal and Labor parties to abandon the pretence of independent scientific assessment of the Okehampton Bay.