The Greens spokesperson for Fisheries and Whaling, Senator Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on how the Coalition Government deliberately dodged an opportunity to talk marine conservation with the United States’ Secretary of State, John Kerry.
Senator Whish-Wilson said, “I was delighted to finally hear a leader talk of the value of our oceans and the need to battle the scourge of marine plastics.
“It is telling that a global figure, like John Kerry, publicly advocates for the world to better manage our oceans yet our government is silent on the issue.
“John Kerry was able to meet school children to discuss saving the oceans but not with any Australian government ministers or officials.
“This was an opportunity missed. Australia and the United States could be working together on a global plan to address marine plastic debris but instead our government chooses to ignore the issue.
“Greg Hunt is stalling on a decision to implement a national container deposit scheme and his department has relegated the implementation of a marine debris threat abatement plan to the bottom drawer.
“We are an island nation with one of the largest marine exclusive economic zones on the planet. Australians wants a government that cares for its oceans, and by snubbing John Kerry the government is demonstrating they have little interest in this critical issue,’” he concluded.