Further to John's message last night, just recieved this info from the VNPA.
If interested please act now.
URGENT - Herald Sun Vote Line
Wed, 13 Jun 2001 11:53:18 +1000
Effie Kene <>
DO WE WANT THE STATE GOVERNMENT TO WITHDRAW ITS MARINE
NATIONAL PARKS LEGISLATION?
OF COURSE NOT!
PLEASE REGISTER YOUR VOTE WITH THE HERALD SUN VOTELINE TODAY
The state government is threatening to withdraw the legislation to establish
marine national parks
because it and the Liberal party can?t find a solution to the issue of adequate
and a process to allow the fishing industry to make claims regarding fair value
of any impacts.
Both the Liberal and Labor parties are now on the public record saying that
they support a
representative system of marine national parks for Victoria. But they must be
prepared to go the
extra distance to achieve it.
We can?t let our state politicians off the hook.
The question on the Herald Sun voteline today is:
IS THE GOVERNMENT RIGHT TO DUMP ITS MARINE PARKS PLAN?
CALL NOW AND VOTE NO ON 1300 360 204
The Voteline closes at 6.00pm today. So be quick and register your NO vote
Please send this message on.
Victorian National Parks Association
10 Parliament Place
East Melbourne 3002
>Due to the importance of this issue, I'll go and pack
>my bags waiting for another week in the cool room from
>Please forward on & act now.
>MARINE NATIONAL PARKS ALERT - News just in from
>Victorian Parliament (12 June 2.30pm)
>The State Government has given the Opposition 24 hours
>notice to reconsider their position on the Marine
>National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries Bill or the Bill
>will be withdrawn.
>The Opposition said this afternoon that while they
>supported a system of marine national parks, they
>would not support the inclusion of Section 85 in the
>legislation. The Government responded by saying that
>they would not expose the public to compensation
>claims by the commercial fishing sector, and that they
>might have to consider establishing the parks one by
>The Network has been informed that parties are
>planning to hold discussions this afternoon in last
>minute bid to salvage the package.
>Talk-back radio will be very important in the morning
>- if you can please consider ringing either John Fein
>or Neil Mitchell's program, this would be useful.
>The main point to stress is that this initiative is
>too important to lose and that politicians can (and
>have in the past) resolved issues similar to this e.g.
>the scallop licence buy-out from Port Phillip Bay (see
>How many sea birds feed off of marine provided food?
>why are we as humans now starving them?
>The issue of compensation has had a high profile in
>this debate and we offer the following comments:
>Marine national parks are created in the interest of
>conserving a valuable public resource and are in the
>public interest. Government's do not normally
>compensate for actions that 'limit freedoms in the
>commons' e.g. fishery regulations. The Victorian
>community, including the fishing sector will benefit
>from the introduction of a marine national park
>The level of claims for compensation from the fishing
>industry are not supported by the ECC report or the
>State Government's assessment.
>The Government has conceded that the present Bill
>extends its intentions in relation to compensation
>and, as stated in Parliament, intends to amend the
>As with other resource issues, where industry can
>demonstrate that Government actions have severely
>impacted on their operations, there should be some
>opportunity for Government to consider submissions
>from industry on this basis.
>We are not able to comment on the legal aspects
>associated with the constitutional amendment except to
>say that we believe commercial access to natural
>resources must be based on scientific concepts of
>sustainability, not a legal interpretation of property
>Section 85 was used in legislation over 150 times by
>the Kennett government, over 110 times by the Kirner /
>Cain government, and over 20 times by the present
>government. The Kennett government also used the
>constitutional amendment (Section 85) in the
>legislation to establish the Yarra Ranges National
>The Kennett Government, during the removal of the
>Scallop Industry from Port Phillip Bay, used the
>constitutional amendment (Section 85) to restrict
>claims for compensation by fishermen, but set up a
>process that reviewed industry eligibility for
>structural readjustment. This process could provide
>guidance as to how to recognise the concerns of the
>fishing industry in relation to marine national parks
>and to determine "fair value" of any impacts. This
>process saw a working group set up, with terms of
>reference and considered submissions made by industry.
>It took formal advice from experts. The group then
>advised the Premier and Treasurer of the findings and
>a financial package was offered to industry. Such a
>process would be parallel with the implementation of
>the marine national parks.
>It is important to recognise that, in this case, 84
>scallop licenses were completely bought out. In the
>case of the marine national parks, impact will be
>minor and will not remove any licenses.
>As the ECC recognised, fishers will still be able to
>fish beyond reserve boundaries so they are not losing
>their entitlement to fish.
>Marine and Coastal Community Network
>10 Parliament Place
>Ph: Int +61 3 9650 4846
>Fax: Int +61 3 9654 6843
>Mobile: 0407 519 395
>The Marine and Coastal Community Network (MCCN) works
>to increase Australians' understanding, appreciation,
>management and protection of marine and coastal
>environments and their biodiversity. It does this by
>initiating and supporting community involvement in
>marine and coastal conservation efforts including
>government programs, and by providing information and
>opinion to MCCN participants from a variety of
>The MCCN is a national program administered by the
>Australian Marine Conservation Society. It is
>supported by the Federal Government's Marine Program.
>We have a Regional Coordinator in each State and the
>Territory. To receive the Network's free national and
>state newsletters, 'Waves' and 'Regional Ripples',
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