Greens say local communities should decide on shark enclosures

Media statement, Friday, 26 September 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says it is disappointing that although shark culling has been abandoned, the State Government have turned towards nets that proved ineffective during a trial in Dunsborough earlier this year. Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says ‘the community deserves to choose the best option for safety at their beaches’.
Today she expressed concern that the Government has continued to ignore superior eco-shark barrier protection and other effective mitigation strategies in favour of ‘Gold Coast style’ nets with pylons, despite revelations today that the nets, claimed by the Government to be more cost effective, cost more over the long-term. Read more »

Greens call for Barnett support for cyclist safety bill following ACT report

 Media statement, Thursday, 25 September 2014.

In response to today’s breaking news that the ACT will trial safe passing rules for cyclists, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has called on the Barnett Government to support her Road Traffic (Keeping Safe Distances from Bicycles) Amendment Bill.

She congratulated the ACT on the range of reforms set to protect vulnerable road users in that State. Read more »

WA Greens condemn offensive Royal Show exhibit

Media statement, Thursday 25, September 2014.

Western Australian Greens at the State and Federal level have condemned a Royal Perth Show exhibition which encourages participants to poke sticks at mental health patients and stigmatises people with mental health issues.

“Is it disappointing to see the Royal Show has launched a Haunted House that undeniably stigmatises mental health. The article ‘Haunted House not for the faint-hearted’ uses phrases like ‘asylum’ and ‘crazy’ to promote the ‘exhibition’,” Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said today.

“This State is better than using the archaic stereotypes of a minority group as a tourist attraction. Readers that are struggling with mental health issues may feel targeted and subsequently may suffer. Read more »

Dunsborough swimming enclosure “success” not supported by evidence

Claims by the State Government that a net-style shark-proof swimming enclosure at Dunsborough was a “success” are not supported by evidence showing structural holes in it large enough for sharks to swim through, the WA Greens say.

“As evidenced by photographs and eye witness accounts, the Old Dunsborough net enclosure, which was modelled on Gold Coast gear, had huge holes due to poor design,” Greens MLc Lynn MacLaren said.

“This begs the question why the WA Government thumbed its nose at

 using the WA technology known as Eco Shark Barrier, which eventually was tested, using private money due to State Government lack of interest, at Coogee, and was a huge success.

“Despite not yet releasing the review of last summer’s Dunsborough enclosure, which was due in June, the Premier is claiming the Dunsborough net was a complete success. Read more »

Court decision proves urgent need for truthful egg labelling bill: Greens

Media statement, Wednesday, 24 September 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren is urging the State Government to support her truthful egg labelling bill after egg producer Pirovic Enterprises were yesterday fined $300,000 for misleading consumers by labelling their products as free range. 
“The case pursued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission revealed that stocking densities and flock sizes in Pirovic’s barns meant that most of the laying hens could not move about freely. Read more »

Greens ask about preparedness for nuclear emergency response in WA

In the lead up to the Mayors for Peace Conference Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren asked the State Government about their current emergency response to nuclear incidents and accidents.

“Since nuclear-powered vessels visit our shores, we need to be ready in the event of an accident or incident. The report tabled in response to my question was last updated in 2010.”

The answers in Parliament also revealed that ‘nuclear detonation is not a defined hazard prescribed within the Emergency Management Act 2005’.
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