Fishing Aquaculture

Victorian Fisheries Authority Bill 2016 - Council's Amendments

Tuesday 8th November 2016

Council’s amendments

Mr WALSH (Murray Plains) — The minister at the table obviously went into a very lengthy explanation about the bill. Given he actually did not say anything at all, I might make a few comments on this. The amendments that are before us came back from the upper house. One was instigated by the Liberal Party and The Nationals; the other was instigated by the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party. I suppose it goes to the issue of the skills that are required for a board of the new Victorian Fisheries Authority. Inserted into the other requirements are fishing industry operations experience and recreational fishing experience.

I suppose one of the things in moving the amendments that we did was to maintain the integrity of the bill in that those who have a current licence should not sit on the board, but there are plenty of people out there with fishing industry operations experience who are not licence‑holders now who could make a very good contribution to the board of the Victorian Fisheries Authority. I think the same can be said for the recreational fishing sector as well. There is a cautionary note about the recreational fishing sector, in that it should be people who have a strong history and interest in recreational fishing but not necessarily those who operate major recreational fishing businesses at the moment, because they obviously have a pecuniary interest as well. We as the opposition support these amendments and look forward to their passage through this house.


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