The start of a second North Coast Shark Net Trial marks the beginning of six months where dozens or even hundreds of harmless marine creatures are likely to be caught or killed, with no proven additional safety for swimmers and other beachgoers, say Greens MPs Tamara Smith and Justin Field.
The NSW Government is pushing ahead with the outdated technology despite results from last Summer's six-month trial in the same region showing:
the shark nets caught and/or killed 244 marine creatures during the course of the trial, including rays and endangered turtles; and
SMART drumlines deployed in the same area caught more target sharks, with far fewer sharks deaths and almost no by catch.
The ABS asked ‘Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?’ and reports that 61.6% of those surveyed responded ‘Yes’.
“This is a fantastic result for civil rights in our country – I hope the Federal Government acts quickly to now enable same sex couples to get legally married and give them the same rights as other married couples,” said Ms Smith.
“Saying ‘yes’ to change and to equality for same sex couples is something Australians can be proud of and is a reflection on the long campaign for civil rights by the LGBTIQ community.”
“My thanks go to all those in the Ballina electorate who worked to achieve this historic result,” said Ms Smith.