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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Community still in the dark about Cedar Woods profit from public land grab: Greens

Media statement, Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has demanded that the State Government reveal how much Cedar Woods – a private property development company – will profit from the public land grab of Point Peron for the development of Mangles Bay Marina.
The land was transferred by the Commonwealth to the State of Western Australia on condition that the future use of the land would be restricted to recreation and parklands.  Read more »

State Government must wake up to sea level rise threats and support Greens Bill

Media statement, Wednesday 17 September, 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has called on the State Government to urgently support her Coastal Planning Bill after news from the Climate Council revealed sea level rise and coastal erosion could swallow up $8.7-$11.3 billion worth of WA roads and $12.7-$18.1 billion of WA commercial and light industrial buildings.

“We can no longer ignore the evidence: our sea level is going to jump by up to 1.1m by the end of this century and it will cost us billions”.
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Greens confirm: Premier to seek Federal approval of drum line program

Media statement, Wednesday 17 September 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren confirmed in Parliament last night that the WA Government will seek Federal approval of a three-year drum lining proposal despite the Premier promising on Thursday that he would scrap the planned annual shark cull.

"You have to wonder what the Premier's motives are for asking the Federal Environment Minister to approve a proposal that the Premier himself has as good as admitted it is not worth pursuing because it is environmentally unsound," Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

Government's own shark website debunks Premier's "rogue shark" theory

Media statement, Friday 12 September 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says the Premier's latest theory that there are 'rogue sharks' lurking around WA beaches is completely debunked by the Government's own 'SharkSmart' website that the Fisheries Minister launched in January.

"Where is the Premier getting his advice on sharks?," Ms MacLaren queried. "It reads like a Jaws script.

"The scientific data about white sharks off the WA coast, including the South-West, is that they are highly migratory and transitory in their movements. Read more »

Green light for summer 2014 drum line operation warrants re-examination

Media statement, Friday, 12 September 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says confirmation by the CSIRO this week that shark culling was unacceptable on environmental and scientific grounds raises fresh questions about why the 2014 drum line trial went ahead without any form of environment assessment.

“I have questions and concerns about Department of Fisheries’ advice that stated that there was no serious risk to shark populations from the WA drum line operations – this being advice that the Department gave in both January 2014 about the 2014 program and in April about the three-year proposal,” Ms MacLaren said. Read more »