Federal Court decision on Queensland Shark Control Program
19 September 2019
Joint Media Statement
We note yesterday’s Federal Court decision in relation to shark control measures within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. We are concerned about the decision’s implications for the protection of human life in the Great Barrier Reef and the health of the tourism industry in North Queensland.
As Liberal National Party Members of Parliament we remain united in putting the safety of human life first and supporting our great tourism industry in North and Central Queensland. We are currently reviewing the implications of the decision and what might be the appropriate response.
Our number one priority is - and always will be - the protection of human life.
We support the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's permission granted to the Queensland Government on 2 June 2017 for the Queensland Government to implement a shark control program.
The use of drum lines and other techniques have been used for decades and they have saved lives.
People are looking for a solution and all levels of Government should work towards the protection of human life.
We will fight to ensure that proven, lifesaving measures can remain in use to help ensure the safety of everyone enjoying Central and North Queensland’s beautiful coastline.
SENATOR THE HON MATTHEW CANAVAN - Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
WARREN ENTSCH – Federal Member for Leichhardt
PHILLIP THOMPSON - Federal Member for Herbert
GEORGE CHRISTENSEN - Federal Member for Dawson
THE HON MICHELLE LANDRY - Federal Member for Capricornia
KEN O’DOWD - Federal Member for Flynn
THE HON KEITH PITT – Federal Member for Hinkler
LLEW O’BRIEN – Federal Member for Wide Bay
TED O’BRIEN – Federal Member for Fairfax
ANDREW WALLACE – Federal Member for Fisher
TERRY YOUNG – Federal Member for Longman
THE HON LUKE HOWARTH – Federal Member for Petrie
SUSAN McDONALD – Senator for Queensland
SENATOR THE HON JAMES McGRATH – Senator for Queensland
AMANDA STOKER – Senator for Queensland
PAUL SCARR – Senator for Queensland
GERARD RENNICK – Senator for Queensland
Media contact: Minister Canavan's office 02 6277 7180