Government must step in to save WA's State Emblem

Greens MLC and Biodiversity Spokeswoman Lynn MacLaren MLC has called on the Barnett Government to intervene in plans for a regional waste tip that threatens the future of WA's wild numbat population. 

"Western Australia's charismatic State emblem, the numbat, once roamed across southern Australia but now there are only two remaining remnant wild populations, the healthiest of which is at Dryandra Woodland near Cuballing, in the Wheatbelt," Ms MacLaren said. 

"Due to a range of pressures, Dryandra now has just 50 numbats, down from 800 in 1992.  Read more »

Proposed anti-protest law worse than anti-terrorism laws

The Greens WA say sweeping new WA anti-protest laws would go further than tough Federal anti-terrorism laws in reversing the onus of proof.

“The Criminal Code Amendment (Prevention of Lawful Activity) Bill 2015 being championed by the Barnett Government would treat WA protestors trying to protect people and places by non-violent means worse than suspected terrorists through the reversal of the onus of proof,” Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said.

“In addition, while the Government claims this Bill is targeted at thumb-locks and other gear used to ‘lock-on’ to machinery, the reality is that this Bill does not mention locks, and in fact criminalises the possession of any “thing” for protest. This bill is wide open for prosecuting people for non-violent, peaceful protest.” Ms MacLaren added. Read more »

Being LGBTI is not a lifestyle choice

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren MLC has dismissed Liberal MLA Peter Abetz’s criticism of a Commonwealth-funded anti-bullying program designed to protect young people who identify as LGBTI as hopelessly out of touch.

“Comments such as these can prolong and encourage bullying based on gender stereotypes,” Ms MacLaren said.

“Clearly, being  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual and Intersex et cetera is not a lifestyle choice, or something that you ‘grow out of under the right influences’, but a fundamental aspect of personal identity. Read more »

Transport Minister blank on bus plan details

Media release Wednesday 11 March 2015

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren MLC says the Transport Minister has a lot to learn about public transport if he thinks that a rapid bus transit system could provide “like-for-like” benefits as light rail, as he told Perth radio station 6PR this week.

“A good place for the Minster to start reading if he wants to understand why rapid buses don’t deliver the same benefits as light rail would be his own Government’s “Why Light Rail for Perth?” plan released two years ago; the report is readily available on the Government’s self-promotion website ‘Get the Bigger Picture’,” Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

Greens oppose gun culture on WA public lands

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren MLC has blasted the majority recommendation of a WA Parliamentary committee to allow hunting of feral animals in a South-West State Forest and on a reclaimed pastoral station under a two-year trial.

“The Greens have always completely opposed recreational hunting as a method of pest control and for good reason: not only is it ineffective, but it can cause tremendous suffering for animals,” Ms MacLaren said.

“We do not want an expansion of gun culture on public lands.

“The Government is yet to address the recent widespread anecdotal evidence aired in the media of poor practice and extreme cruelty during illegal hunting of feral pigs. Read more »

Lynn MacLaren to march with AME at Mardi Gras

 

Greens spokesperson for Marriage Equality Lynn MacLaren says she is proud to be marching with the Australian Marriage Equality (AME) float at Mardi Gras 2015, taking place in Sydney tomorrow.

Ms MacLaren recognised the fabulous work AME is doing in advocating for same-sex marriage equality Australia-wide and said it was the single most important issue facing the LGBTQI community.

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