WA young children most vulnerable in cuts to homeless services – Greens

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says a new report shows that thousands of young WA children will be amongst the worst affected if sorely needed Federal funds for homelessness services are cut. 

“Christmas is a time when we think about making children happy. But this Christmas there are thousands of young children in WA for whom the future looks grim,” Ms MacLaren said. 

“The report by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on the delivery of specialist homelessness services shows that in 2013-2014, more than 5,000 WA children aged up to 14 years old accessed specialist homelessness services in WA. The majority of these children – just under 4,000 of them – were less than 10 years old. Read more »

Government Rebuked on Reckless Roe 8 Highway Move

Greens MLC for the South Metro Region, Lynn MacLaren today rebuked the state government for its disastrous decision to plough a highway through the precious Beeliar Wetlands.

“The Barnett Government is fiscally reckless in its decision to announce $591 million of WA money to build the unpopular Roe 8 highway extension. In an already tight budget year, this is a poor expenditure choice,” Ms MacLaren said.

“Ploughing a highway through the last large wetland system in the Perth metropolitan area is environmentally irresponsible. Read more »

DAFWA misjudged public opposition to GM

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has applauded a ruling this week by the Organic Industry Standards & Certification Council not to allow any genetically modified products in organic foods. 

“This is a win for common sense and public opinion,” Ms MacLaren said. 

“The WA Department of Food and Agriculture made an application for a 0.9 per cent threshold of allowable GM contamination in organic foods but their application was overwhelmingly outnumbered by submissions against allowing any percentage threshold. Read more »

Merry Christmas: A 2014 wrap up from Lynn MacLaren MLC

What an exciting year it has been! The journey over the last twelve months was filled to the brim with positive campaigning and hard work from staff and volunteers; I thank all of you for your support.

In the wrap up for 2014 it is clear which campaigns took precedence and carried momentum that resulted in great outcomes (some are some still simmering, watch this space).

Issues that took the lime light have ranged from same-sex marriage reform, to halting a proposed shark cull in the state, from efforts to ensuring safety for cyclists and preserving out native South West forests. We voiced our concern about waste incineration and an unruly state budget that impacted our most vulnerable members of the community. In and amongst these matters came a plethora of issues that we worked on but cannot be listed in one email! Read more »

Public will oppose Premier’s decade-old rogue shark obsession

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has backed a new study that has found that the WA Government’s ‘Imminent Threat’ shark policy is largely based on Jaws movie mythology, saying the Premier’s public comments over the past decade reveal an alarming level of determined ignorance. Description: <--break- />

“Back in 2003, the Premier was convinced that a single shark was lurking off Cottesloe, preying on the people of the western suburbs,” Ms MacLaren said.  Read more »

Greens support $90 000 crowd fund campaign to save Margaret River’s Mowen Forest

Media statement, Friday, 5 December 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has today welcomed the launch of a crowd-funded campaign that will aim to raise enough funds to match the slim profit margin proposed by the State Government to log 1600 hectares of native forest in Margaret River. Read more »