State Labor’s proposed fishing ban

Monday, 16 March 2015

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt described the move as “madness”.

“The State Labor Government’s poorly thought out proposal was made at the eleventh hour,” Mr Pitt said.  

“Queensland deserves better!   

“Over many years the fishing industry has been slowly eroded by governments that bow to the Greens, causing job losses on trawlers, at processing facilities and retail businesses.

“That’s why it’s so important for consumers to support our local fishing businesses, by buying locally caught seafood.

“I urge Hinkler constituents to make their objection known to local State Labor MPs Leanne Donaldson and Bruce Saunders.

“As local representatives, they must help stop this madness.

“By denying our commercial fishers access to local fishing grounds, the State Labor Government will be forcing Queenslanders to eat imported fish.

“Earlier this month four people suffered potentially life-threatening food-poisoning after consuming imported fish at a Sydney café.

“The Federal Coalition Government’s efforts to introduce mandatory country-of-origin food labelling could prove pointless if Australian consumers can’t actually buy Australian seafood.  

“As history shows, The Nationals have consistently fought for the seafood industry and small business in regional Australia.

“Senator Ron Boswell may have retired, but The Nationals’ passion for the seafood industry and small business remains.”