Government Senators' Additional Comments
Government Senators opposed this inquiry as it was concerned
it could be used as a platform for anti-industry attacks.
Government Senators note the Tasmanian Labor Party did not
support this inquiry.
Government Senators consider there are appropriate systems
and regulatory frameworks in place to support real-time responsive management
of the fin-fish aquaculture industry in Tasmania. Government Senators further
note evidence of strong environmental sustainability credentials, the
socio-economic benefits of the industry, and the success of industry
self-regulation in managing environmental impacts.
Government Senators express their disappointment that
despite clear evidence of appropriate systems and regulations in place for the
fin-fish industry, the industry has been obliged to expend further resources
defending its environmental record during this inquiry.
Government Senators note the Australian Government seeks to
reduce regulatory burdens on industry, and specifically that current systems
and processes in place for the fin-fish industry in Tasmania allow for
community consultation. Government Senators therefore do not support
Government Senators observe that decisions regarding the
allocation of resources by the Tasmanian Government do not fall within the
scope of this inquiry's terms of reference; the allocation of resources is
complex and not a matter for the Commonwealth. Government Senators therefore do
not support Recommendation 3.
The Committee acknowledges the more-than-adequate
management systems, and effective industry proactivity, in the sustainable
management and continuous improvement of the Tasmanian fin-fish aquaculture
Anne Ruston Senator James
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