Troubling legal advice, a lack of money and the soaring energy demands of the planet – Environment Minister Peter Garrett must be sweating.
For over ten years now Australia has promised to set up marine conservation zones right around the cost of Australia. The Howard Government moved slowly but eventually established a marine reserve system around Victoria and Tasmania.
The complete gamut of zones are supposed to be rolled out around the entire country by 2012. Garrett is now grappling with the oil and gas rich seas off Western Australia, which also happen to contain some of the most important marine biodiversity in the world.
Last week Garrett