Electing Australia's Marine Protection Legacy



Publication Details

G. C. Quirk, 'Electing Australia's Marine Protection Legacy' (2019) 4 (1) Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy 80-85.


The first day of July 2018 marked a shift in national practice for Australia with an unprecedented change in the level of protection available to the national network of marine protected areas (MPAs) from extractive activities.1,2,3 In Australia, marine areas inside the seaward Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) boundary to 3 nautical miles (NM)4 are defined as matters of national significance5 and their protection is a highly contested national issue that can form part of national election platforms.6 This article examines the political contours of marine protection in Australia and illuminates emerging legal aspects of the obligation to protect and preserve the marine environment to better understand what is at stake in the forthcoming national election7 for Australia's marine protection legacy.

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