Labor's botched VMS must be halted and reviewed

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Commercial fishers have had enough. Labor's ideologically anti-fishing policies have ripped the guts and profitability out of Queensland's once great commercial fishing industry.
It's no secret Queensland's commercial fishing industry has been suffering over the past 20 years. It's also no coincidence that Labor has been in for the vast majority of those years.
The latest issue turning the screws on our commercial fishers is the botched Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) that was rolled out on January 1, 2019.
VMS has been plagued with complaints of faulty responders, dodgy government-certified VMS suppliers and vessel safety issues since its commencement.
Responder devices have been recording incorrect polling times and are subject to software failures, which stopped them from working.
Allegations of dodgy practices from the government-certified supplier of one of the endorsed responders has created frustrations among hundreds of commercial fishers.

Commercial fishers can't go out fishing and earn a living with these faulty responders as the department continues to threaten them with fines.

The Liberal National Party was unsuccessful in getting Labor's unfair VMS regulations removed in parliament due to Labor's majority in the house, but it's clear that the time has come for a complete halt of the program and for a detailed review to be completed.
Our commercial fishers deserve better than the contempt they are receiving from Labor. It's simply not good enough for our commercial fishers as well as the coast communities they support.
LNP Shadow Minister for Fisheries
Tony Perrett

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