Answers by the Minister point to 'Serious Muddle' over ‘Serious Threat’ shark policy

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says more questions have emerged about the Government’s attempt to kill a protected tagged white shark in Warnbro Sound before Christmas after the Fisheries Minister said in Parliament this week that a kill order would not be issued again under similar circumstances.

“In answer to my question: ‘Is it the Government’s intention to try to kill more protected sharks fitted with acoustic tags in the future when the sharks have not been seen by anyone, let alone threaten anyone and whose presence is only known about because they have been detected on an acoustic receiver?’, the Minister answered: ‘The simple answer to that is no’,” Ms MacLaren said.

“This raises the obvious question as to why did the Fisheries’ acting Director-General order a tagged white shark in Warnbro Sound to be killed in December, when that shark had not been seen by any member of the public, nor had she threatened anyone. Read more »

WA Greens call for marriage equality allies to speak out

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren called on marriage equality allies to speak out more vocally as she congratulated Rachelle and Hayley Bennett for their highly publicised marriage thanks to the British Consulate and local radio station Hit92.9.

Orchestrated by Radio Station Hit92.9’s Heidi Anderson, the wedding took advantage of a loophole in the system allowing the lesbian couple to get married if at least one partner held British citizenship.

Ms MacLaren said Rachelle and Hayley Bennett’s marriage, although unfortunately not recognised by Australia, really highlighted broad public support for marriage equality.

“It is truly inspiring to me to see that this couple’s wedding has encouraged more marriage equality allies to come out into the open,” she said. Read more »

Perth must not fall behind other capitals in late night services

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says the State Government must assess impacts on hospital emergency departments before proceeding with a plan to cancel Perth’s late night train services.

Ms MacLaren made the call after the Government confirmed in Parliament this afternoon that Perth would join Darwin, Canberra and Hobart as the only Australian capitals without regular late night train or bus services if the planned cancellation went ahead.

“Even Adelaide, with a smaller population than Perth, provides a midnight to 5am bus service on Saturday nights to get people safely out of the city,” Ms MacLaren said.

“In 2009, Premier Barnett announced the 2.15am train service as part of a package to improve community safety in Northbridge.

“He revealed at the time that Friday and Saturday nights between midnight and 5am were the busiest times for the Emergency Department at Royal Perth Hospital, with up to a half of presentations being alcohol-related, at a cost of $540 per admission. Read more »

Government confirms logging contractors used machinery during Total Fire Ban

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has questioned the Government-sanctioned use of chainsaws and other heavy machinery in South-West forests earlier this month during a  Total Fire Ban.

“In response to my questions in Parliament today, the Government confirmed that chain saws and other heavy machinery were operated by Forest Products Commission contractors in Mowen, Helms and other South-West forests during a Total Fire Ban earlier this month that spanned the whole South-West,” Ms MacLaren said.   

“Coming on the heels of the devastating Northcliffe fire, it is inconceivable that it would have been deemed safe to use chainsaws in a jarrah forest when the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website specifically states that during a Total Fire Ban, chainsaws cannot be used in bushland. Read more »

Government must accept extraordinary community offer to save public forest

The Barnett Government has no logical option but to accept the community’s offer to save the Mowen Forest near Margaret River by paying the Government an amount of money likely to exceed any money the Government would net by logging it, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said today, as campaigners prepare to gather outside Parliament in the hope of handing a giant cheque to the Premier. 

“We are in an extraordinary situation where private citizens are having to donate to save a public forest asset from Government destruction; if this is what it takes to save precious public environmental assets from this Government, that is what the community will do,” Ms MacLaren said.

“If the Government can receive $90,000 in donations from the community – in other words, the same amount of money the Government would make from logging this precious native forest – without destroying the public asset, why wouldn’t it except for reasons relating to stubbornness or face-saving? Read more »

Government must accept extraordinary community offer to save public forest

The Barnett Government has no logical option but to accept the community’s offer to save the Mowen Forest near Margaret River by giving the Government money equal to the profit the Government would make by logging it, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said today, as campaigners prepare to gather outside Parliament in the hope of handing a giant cheque to the Premier. 

“We are in an extraordinary situation where private citizens are having to donate to save a public forest asset from Government destruction; if this is what it takes to save precious public environmental assets from this Government, that is what the community will do,” Ms MacLaren said.

“If the Government can receive $90,000 in donations from the community – in other words, the same amount of money the Government would make from logging this precious native forest – without destroying the public asset, why wouldn’t it except for reasons relating to stubbornness or face-saving? Read more »