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Mako Fishing Ban Reversed

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Shadow spokesperson on domestic tourism, Joanna Gash says she is relieved that Parliament has finally officially lifted the ban on the taking of mako sharks.

“The Minister’s rash decision in introducing the ban has caused a lot of unnecessary grief but it has been a revealing exercise.

“It has revealed a Minister driven by dogma rather than facts, imposing his will without prudent consultation with the communities his decisions affect.

“The revocation of the legislation is a sensible move and one we in the Coalition advocated from the start.

“If it was allowed to stand it would have had a counterproductive effect on tourist destinations, like the area I represent, Gilmore, in which fishing plays such a central role.

“I commend all those fishing organisations who supported us in having this very silly ban overturned”, Mrs Gash said.

Media enquiries: 22 June 2010

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