Some say the Coalitionâ€™s marine management plans are too compromised; others say some protection is better than none. But how did it come to this?
For those in Australiaâ€™s marine science and conservation community, a dream of having a network of marine parks around the continent has been 20 years in the making.
The story is one of heartbreak, near misses and painful compromise and, in the view of some, a false dichotomy of sacrifice between science and economic and political interests.
What are the commonwealth marine parks?
The management plans were a dramatic departure from their own independent science review.
Every environmental protection is hostage to a future rogue action from a government. This is the nature of a democracy.
What is coral?