Ban to sink super-trawler

A TWO-YEAR ban on super-trawler Abel Tasman operating in Australian waters is a step closer after legislation passed the Senate on Wednesday.

The bill, which passed the lower house last week following an exhaustive debate, will prevent the Dutch trawler, formerly known as the Margiris, from trawling in Australia while scientific work is carried out to gauge its environmental impact.

Lower house independent Andrew Wilkie, who had led the charge to have the trawler banned, said the passage of the bill through both houses of Parliament was a win for "people power".

"Bringing the Margiris to Australia was always a dreadful idea and it's unfortunate so many people have had to work so hard to ensure this ban was put in place," the Tasmanian MP said. "Frankly, I'd like to see a permanent ban on all factory ships like the Margiris.

"But this two-year ban is still a big win and a thumping victory for people power, proper process and the rule of law."



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