Lynn MacLaren served in the Western Australia Parliament from 2009 to 2017.

As a Greens WA elected Member of the Legislative Council she represented people in the South Metropolitan Region which stretches south of the Swan River from Victoria Park to Singleton.

Her office was centrally located in the port city of Fremantle - 7 / 142 South Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160.


Lynn MacLaren MLC joinedserved in the Western Australia Parliament on 22 May 2009from 2009 to 2017. As a Greens WA elected Member of the Legislative Council she represented people in the South Metropolitan Region which stretches south of the Swan River from Victoria Park to Singleton. Her office is centrally located in the port city of Fremantle.

On behalf of the Greens in State Parliament, Lynn’s work spaneds a wide range of portfolios including: planning, housing, community services, social inclusion, heritage, animals, volunteering, seniors, disability issues, food and GMO’s, sexuality, tourism, arts and culture, small business and science and innovation.

Among her achievements during two terms Lynn was prominent in the successful government-changing campaign to stop Roe Highway stage 8 through the Beeliar wetlands, which are highly valued not only for their rich biodiversity and Aboriginal cultural and heritage sites, but also for recreation. Her team, together with global experts in marine science and environmental activists, successfully put an end to drum lining as a shark mitigation measure by the Barnett Government saving endangered Great White Sharks that frequent the Western Australian coast, as well as other marine animals. Together with local community members Lynn’s team saved one of the last populations of numbats in the wild from the increased threat of predation by intervening to stop development of a landfill site near the Dryandra woodlands.

Lynn was instrumental in protecting peaceful protest rights in WA by stalling criminal act amendments. Lynn introduced bills to establish coastal planning and protections to prepare for sea level rise, extend marriage in WA to same sex couples and require stronger welfare standards for the free range egg label. Lynn’s bill to set a 1 metre rule for safe distances between bicycles and cars on roadways has been influential in both Liberal and WA Labor support for the policy. Lynn worked constructively with the Environment Minister on new biodiversity conservation legislation, and successfully amended the bill to require scientific advice and to curtail Ministerial power to approve applications which are likely to cause an extinction.

From 2005 to 2008 Lynn worked as a Senior Policy Officer with the Western Australian Council of Social Service where she specialised in policy areas of poverty, housing and sector viability. She also worked as a consultant in strategic planning and capacity building for community organisations. She was elected for her first 4-year term on 6 September 2008 and re-elected on March 9, 2013. She previously held the seat from February to May 2005 upon the retirement of Jim Scott, MLC.

Over many years living and working in the region Lynn has been involved in diverse campaigns and grassroots initiatives, including those to Save the Beeliar Wetlands from road building, Save Leighton Beach from large scale urban development and to promote the safe cleanup at South Beach and other contaminated sites. She also served as the Chair of Project SafeCom. In the mid 1990s Lynn was prominent in the campaign to put live animal exports on the public agenda and was the foundation President of the People Against Cruelty in Animal Transport (Inc) serving also on the executive board of Animals Australia.

From 1997 Lynn worked for Member of Parliament Jim Scott, MLC (retired), and did project work with the Environmental Defender’s Office, and the Community Housing Coalition (WA). Lynn also worked as a researcher for the Hon. Giz Watson, MLC (Greens WA) North Metropolitan Region.

Her work experience includes seven years in small business as a desktop publisher and technical writer. While still in University she began a career in journalism as the Chief Photographer and a Staff Reporter for two small California daily newspapers, the Desert Despatch and the Daily Press.

Lynn arrived in Western Australia in 1982 from California. She was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in 1979 in Albany, Western Australia.

Biographical details

MacLAREN, Hon. Lynn, MLC
Member for South Metropolitan Region
Greens Party of Western Australia

Parliamentary service

Elected to the Thirty-eighth Parliament for the South Metropolitan Region on 6 September 2008 for term commencing 22 May 2009.

Elected to the Thirty-ninth Parliament for the South Metropolitan Region on 9 March 2013 for the term commencing 22 May 2013.

Standing Committees
Note: At the commencement of each Parliament, Members are required to be (re)appointed
Member, Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs: 4 June 2009 -– present21 May 2013

Member, Standing Committee on Legislation: 22 May 2013 - 22 May 2017

Member, Select Committee into the Operations of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Inc 14 May 2015 – 22 May 2017.


Born 24 March 1962, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America.
Arrived in Western Australia November 1982.

Occupation before entering Parliament
Senior Policy Officer at the Western Australian Council of Social Service.