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Greg Hunt must say whether he agrees AFMA's latest Geelong Star measures will protect dolphins

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Peter Whish-Wilson 7 May 2015

The Greens Senator for Fisheries, Senator Whish-Wilson, is calling on Environment Minister Greg Hunt to say whether he agrees that the latest change to the Geelong Star’s management plan will prevent dolphin deaths.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “AFMA has now written three Vessel Management Plans for the Geelong Star and each time they have said the plan would be sufficient to protect dolphins.

“The Environment Minister, the Minister responsible for protecting Australia’s wildlife, needs to say whether he has confidence that this latest attempt by AFMA will protect dolphins.

“Is this going to be ‘third time lucky’ for AFMA and the Geelong Star or is it ‘three strikes and you’re out’?

“Greg Hunt has always been one step behind the action with the regulation of the Geelong Star by doing nothing but writing letters and expressing outrage.

“Is he finally going to fulfil the responsibility his ministerial position entails and act to prevent dolphin deaths, or is he going to continue to sit on the sideline wringing his hands?” he concluded.

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