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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
23 July 2004
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today it was outrageous for the Queensland Government to urge fishers to seek compensation from the Australian Government for the State's decision to ban fishing along the Great Barrier Reef coastline.
Senator Campbell said the Queensland Environment Minister, John Mickel, was shirking responsibility for his own actions by not offering financial assistance to affected fishers.
"The Minister misrepresents the position regarding the Commonwealth zoning of the reef, introduces his own zone and then has the gall to urge anyone affected to seek compensation from the Australian Government," Senator Campbell said.
"Mr Mickel is engaging in the most blatant form of buck passing."