Botched VMS must be halted and reviewed by Labor

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LNP Shadow Minster for Fisheries Tony Perrett and the Queensland Seafood Industry Association has called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to halt the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) rollout and complete a detailed review.

"Following the media reports in today's Courier Mail*, Gladstone Observer** and Mackay's Daily Mercury***, I'm calling on Annastacia Palaszczuk to take action against dodgy Government-certified VMS suppliers," Mr Perrett said.

"These reports follow mountains of evidence provided to the LNP of faulty responders, intellectual property concerns and vessel safety issues as a result of Labor's rollout.

"Last week in Parliament, the LNP tried to force the Government to scrap the faulty regulation so issues with VMS could be reviewed and fixed.

"Unfortunately, Labor continued its ideological crusade to drive commercial fishers out of the industry and failed to support the motion.

"Commercial fishers can't go out fishing and earn a living with these faulty responders.

"Annastacia Palaszczuk's inability to undertake due diligence is crippling small family-run businesses along the coast.

"The status quo cannot be allowed to continue. It's simply not good enough for our commercial fishers and the coast communities they support.

"It's time to halt the rollout and conduct a full review so we can get to the bottom of this mess."

*Courier Mail article: https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/fishermen-getting-salty-over-sneaky-satellite-monitoring/news-story/4c9a08b295f1aba747db492cc54542c0

 
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