The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, today asked the Prime Minister if he shares Tasmanian Opposition leader Will Hodgman’s opposition to the super trawler and if he would rule out allowing such vessels in Australian waters.
The Prime Minister Tony Abbott said “it [the super trawler] was banned, it will stay banned”.
“The Prime Minister’s unambiguous statement in the Parliament today that the super trawler is banned, and will stay banned, is a real breakthrough”, Mr Wilkie said.
“Since the federal election some six months ago the Liberal Party has shown itself to be open to the possibility of allowing the super trawler into Australian waters after the two year ban expires in November.
“The Prime Minister’s answer unambiguously quashes that possibility and should hearten the great many Australians, and Tasmanians in particular, who understand the extreme environmental and economic damage these factory ships have done elsewhere in the world.
“Today’s announcement relies on the Prime Minister keeping his word. Those of us who oppose the super trawler would be wise to keep the pressure on the Federal Government on this issue and to ensure it well understands the backlash that will await it at the next election if it reneges on today’s very important commitment.”
Andrew Wilkie proposes motion on Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell and Manus Island
Author: Andrew Wilkie Andrew Wilkie slams the Government for its abhorrent response to asylum seekers and also admonishes Senator Stephen Conroy for his unwarranted, personal attack on Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell.
Motion on Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell and Manus Island
Andrew Wilkie slams the Government for its abhorrent response to asylum seekers and also admonishes Senator Stephen Conroy for his unwarranted, personal attack on Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell.
Wilkie introduces Live Animal Export Prohibition (Ending Cruelty) Bill 2014
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has introduced into the Federal Parliament the Live Animal Export Prohibition (Ending Cruelty) Bill 2014.
The Bill would put an end to live animal exports from Australia from 1 July 2017 and put in place improved animal welfare safeguards in the interim.
This is Mr Wilkie’s fourth legislative attempt to restrict live exports but up until now the Liberal and Labor parties have insisted on supporting the cruel trade.
``The only explanation is the major parties simply don’t care that the trade is systematically cruel, not in Australia’s economic self-interest and that the trade lacks public support,’’ Mr Wilkie said.
``It seems each week shocking new evidence of cruelty emerges from Australia’s live export industry. It’s beyond time to act to end the cruelty.’’