The Australian Greens have welcomed the rejection of a Coalition attempt to dismantle Australia's world-leading system of marine parks.
"The day before World Environment Day, Tony Abbott's Coalition set about trying to wreck our network of marine parks, including aspects of the system that were put in place under John Howard," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.
"This typifies the negativity of the Coalition under Tony Abbott and their firm commitment to helping big business, irrespective of the harm it causes to the environment.
"Removing marine protection would allow significant areas to be opened up to resource exploration, development and overfishing.
"Such an approach would undermine the science upon which our marine protected areas are based, and would pose a significant threat to existing sustainable industries, including fishing and tourism, that are so important for many coastal communities.
"The Coalition are more than content to give up precious places for short term gains, regardless of the consequences. Yesterday's attempt shows the very real threat that Australians would face were Tony Abbott to have control of both houses of Parliament.
"Australians place a very high value on our oceans and the Greens have the track record to show that we will stand up to any of Tony Abbott's attempts to undermine these important protections," Senator Siewert concluded.