Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

17 February 2017

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

Greens’ Hypocritical Attacks on Panel

True to form, the Greens are once again attacking the independent umpire when they do not agree with the outcome.

In response to the Marine Farming Planning Review Panel’s favourable assessment of a Tassal fish farm at Okehampton Bay, creating new jobs on the East Coast, the Greens have attacked its members.

This is despite the fact that membership of the panel is largely the same as it was when the Greens were in government with Labor.

The panel’s composition is set out in the Marine Farm Planning Act, just as it was under the previous Labor-Green government, and four of the current members were appointed under the previous government.

The Greens’ Nick McKim was more than happy to welcome a decision by the panel in 2011 when it rejected a proposed expansion of a lease in the D’Entrecasteaux.*

Now we have this rejection of the science and snide attacks on those who serve on the panel – some appointed under the previous Labor-Green government.

The hypocrisy of the Greens really knows no bounds.

It’s past time they learned to accept the umpire’s decision.

* Nick McKim Media Release, 13 May 2011

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