White shark by Terry GossWhite shark by Terry Goss

The below table, compiled in October 2015 shows how South Australian senators have voted in Canberra on the topic of increasing marine conservation. Matters voted upon pertaining to South Australia include super-trawlers, threatened species protection, seismic testing for oil and gas off Kangaroo Island, Commonwealth marine parks and a moratorium on the issuing of oil and gas leases. Many of the remaining national matters related to the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. The analysis and the methodology behind these results is explained in detail at TheyVoteForYou.org.au . Each of the politicians’ pages are individually linked below. You can also see how all senators and representatives Australia-wide voted on increasing marine conservation here.

Senator Commenced Party Increasing marine conservation
Bernadi, Cory 2006 Liberal Voted moderately against
Birmingham, Simon 2007 Liberal Voted moderately against
Day, Bob 2014 Family First Never voted
Edwards, Sean 2011 Liberal Voted very strongly against
Gallacher, Alex 2011 Labor Voted strongly against
Hanson-Young, Sarah 2008 Greens Voted very strongly for
McEwen, Anne 2005 Labor Voted moderately against
Ruston, Anne 2011 Liberal Voted very strongly against
Wong, Penny 2002 Labor Voted a mixture of for and against
Wright, Penny 2011 Greens Voted very strongly for
Xenophon, Nick 2008 Independent Voted moderately for

By Dan Monceaux

Dan Monceaux is a documentary filmmaker with a keen interest in marine biodoversity and conservation issues. He joined MLSSA in 2013 and served as Secretary from April-December 2014. Dan snorkels and has burning passions for underwater photography and citizen science.

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