Attack on RSCPA a deliberate distraction

A call by the Shooters and Fishers Party for a Parliamentary inquiry into one of WA’s most respected community organisations appears a deliberate attempt to distract attention from ongoing animal welfare problems in WA, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says.

“If the Shooters and Fishers Party was genuinely concerned about the implementation of animal welfare laws in WA, it would be talking about the need to improve performance of the State’s Animal Welfare Unit,” Ms MacLaren said.

“The unit, which is within the Department of Agriculture and Food, is chronically under-resourced and is failing to keep up with need across Western Australia.

“Meanwhile, the RSPCA WA, which relies mainly on donations and fundraising and is greatly respected by the community, has been obliged to try to fill the gap that State Government underfunding has created.

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National Party must not abandon farmers over draconian anti-protest laws

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has warned WA Government MPs that proposed laws that would jail peaceful protestors for up to two years will seriously damage their standing in regional communities and throughout civil society. 

“The campaign to stop the laws that would see peaceful protesters jailed is gaining momentum; more than 14,500 people have signed this petition so far, and 67 groups have signed an open letter opposing the laws,” Ms MacLaren said, speaking after today’s rally outside the WA Parliament.

 “These individuals and groups are diverse but significantly, includes many farmers who are concerned about fracking on their farmland. Read more »

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 »