Barnett’s anti-protest Bill likely to ensnare Roe 8 objectors

Proposed new laws that would criminalise many forms of peaceful protest could ensnare people who take non-violent action to stop Roe 8, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said.

Ms MacLaren hosted a “Democracy & Your Rights to Speak Out” public forum in Fremantle on September 30.

“The massive level of objection to Roe 8, especially in the South Metro region, makes it clear that many ordinary people are prepared to take peaceful direct action, for example to block bulldozers from clearing in the Beeliar Wetlands,” Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

Lynn MacLaren calls for urgent reform at neglected Bandyup Prison

Bandyup Women’s Prison is in crisis with serious overcrowding, outdated and run-down facilities and a lack of resources, according to Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren, who has called for urgent action to improve conditions at the neglected facility.

Ms MacLaren spoke at the Bandyup Action Group breakfast this morning where the group launched an Action Plan detailing what needs to be done immediately at the prison. Debbie Kilroy from Sisters Inside also spoke at the event.

“Today marks one year since the Inspector of Custodial Services, Neil Morgan, released a report that was scathing of the prison, describing it as “the hardest and most neglected prison in the State”,” Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

Greens call for State Government action on serious health threats of climate change

The Greens have called for the State Government to act now to address the serious health impacts of climate change, with Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren introducing a motion on the topic in Parliament yesterday. 

“It is encouraging to see the increasing number of medical groups, such as the AMA, who are now also recognizing the health threats of climate change and calling for action,” Ms MacLaren said. 

“The growing body of evidence shows that heatwaves are increasing, as are cyclones, air pollution and vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and encephalitis. These disproportionately affect people such as the young, poor, disabled and elderly, as well as those with asthma and mental health issues that also make them vulnerable to illness.  Read more »

Greens oppose motion to allow GMO crops to spread across WA

The Greens have reiterated their support for farmers who choose not to grow GM crops in Western Australia, with Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren speaking against a motion to lift GM controls in Parliament yesterday. The Nationals’ motion called for repeal of the Genetically Modified Crops Free Areas Act 2003.

“It should come as no surprise that we oppose this motion, but the fact is that some farmers do not want to grow genetically modified crops,” Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

Government to destroy ice-age artefacts forever with Roe 8

Ice-age Aboriginal artefacts older than the pyramids are likely be destroyed as a result of a highly flawed assessment by the Barnett Government of a registered site in the Beeliar Wetlands, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says.

“Probing by the Greens has revealed that there is an Aboriginal heritage site on the northern banks of Bibra Lake that has previously been found  to contain more than 2000 quartz, fossiliferous chert, clay and glass artefacts and is likely to contain more artefacts below the surface,” Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

Plans to criminalise protest actions are heavy-handed and unnecessary, say Greens

The right to peaceful protest is a cornerstone of our democratic system, and State Government plans to criminalise this process are deeply concerning, says Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren.

Ms MacLaren was commenting on the Criminal Code Amendment (Prevention of Lawful Activity) Bill which is being debated in the Upper House of State Parliament today.

“This is a heavy-handed attempt by the State Government to criminalise the actions of concerned citizens and a blatant bid to stifle a growing chorus of dissenting voices,” Ms MacLaren said.

“The legislation is also unnecessary - police already have extensive ‘move on’ powers which can be used when a person is hindering, obstructing or preventing any lawful activity, requiring that person to leave the area for up to 24 hours. Read more »