The federal government’s decision to ban the “super trawler”, while popular with the GetUp mob, is another example of how this government trashes the rule of law.
The rule of law is the concept that the law applies equally to everyone. It is the basis of civilised and modern society. Its obverse is tyranny.
By passing legislation that applies effectively just to one ship this government proves yet again that it is not a legitimate government. It is a tyranny. Anyone interested in human rights and good governance ought to be appalled.
Environment Minister Tony Burke and Fisheries Minister Joe Ludwig said in Canberra today that a precautionary approach would be taken over the super trawler – previously known as the FV Margiris – amid ”uncertainties” about the impact it could have on protected species such as dolphins, seals and seabirds.”If we get this wrong, there are risks to the environment, to commercial operators and to everyone who loves fishing and they are risks I am not prepared to take,” Mr Burke said.
”There has never been a fishing vessel of this capacity in Australia before and the [Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act] needs to be updated so that it can deal with it.”
The super trawler is docked at Port Lincoln in South Australia and was poised to start fishing within days.
This is in the line of decisions that includes the Mining Resource Rental Tax, which was a decision to abandon the rule of law in the case of a particular industry.