Greens release shark plan - shark nets are not the answer

The Greens have called for a science based approach to managing the risk of shark bites in NSW. NSW Greens Marine and Fisheries spokesperson, Justin Field, today launched the Greens Non-Lethal Response to Shark Management in NSW plan - a six-point plan challenging the NSW Government’s plans to install outdated shark nets and more drum-lines across the NSW Coast. “The Greens are committed to a science based approach to keep people as safe as possible whilst respecting our wild oceans and the creatures that live in it, including sharks” said Mr. Field. “The Greens plan includes non-lethal shark mitigation programs that support communities to put in place local solutions. It recognises the need to put science at the center of any solutions and enables the community to develop our understanding of sharks and to find new deterrent technologies. “Shark nets are an outdated technology and we can do better. There have been 21 shark encounters on netted beaches in the last 23 years. Shark nets can’t guarantee public safety and we need to be honest about that instead of painting them as the solution. Rushing through legislation for more old-style shark mesh nets shows the Baird Government is moving away from a science based approach. “What we do know is that shark nets kill hundreds of marine animals including dolphins and turtles and non-target and endangered sharks - communities don’t want that collateral damage. “Communities up and down the NSW coastline want to know they are part of the solution and they need resources to take up that role. Efficient shark management must include government doing the heavy lifting on research, infrastructure and surveillance and the community getting supported to run proven programs like Shark Watch” “Governments can’t fully remove the risk of shark bites but people want a science based approach and support for local solutions not a political fix for the government”, concluded Mr. Field.   The Greens Non-Lethal Response to Shark Management in NSW plan can be found here

NSW has a lot to gain from Pokie-Leaks campaign

NSW Greens MP and gambling spokesperson, Justin Field, is supporting calls for whistleblowers to get in touch with federal MPs who today kicked off a “Pokies-Leaks” campaign to encourage whistleblowers to report dishonest and illegal behavior in the poker machine industry. Greens Senator, Larissa Wasters, Independent Senator, Nick Xenophon and Independent MP, Andrew Wilkie, are launching the campaign today. The Senators are calling for confidential information, such as details of how machine design targets vulnerable players and undisclosed industry interaction with political parties, to be sent directly to them for release in Parliament. NSW Greens MP Justin Field said, “The Pokie-Leaks campaign will shine a light on a murky industry that uses deceptive machine design to encourage people to continue to gamble and inevitably lose. “NSW have the highest number of poker machines of any state in Australia - almost 10% of all machines in the world are right here in this state. “The Government continues to suck in billions from gambling taxes, mostly from people who can least afford it and often from people who are addicted to poker machines. “Of course the Government is going to frame gambling as a game, but when everything about these machines is designed to ensure the person gambling puts as much money through, as quickly as possible while the machine reacts as if almost every bet is a winner – that’s not a game, that’s exploitation. “I hope the Pokie-Leaks campaign will bring this information out into the open so we can make better decisions about how to better regulate this damaging industry. “It’s really disappointing that Clubs NSW has described the Pokie-Leaks campaign as a publicity stunt when NSW has the highest loss per person from poker machines. “The gambling clubs in NSW should be ensuring we don’t have the deceptive machines in this state and doing more to assist people addicted to gambling. Starting by ensuring these deceptive machines aren’t in NSW Clubs would be a good start, Mr. Field said.

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