State and Federal Greens MPs have blasted the Abbott Government for exempting a proposed cull of sharks in WA waters saying it makes a mockery of environmental laws. “The Minister has basically approved the indiscriminate killing of great white sharks.
If this is the Abbott Government’s benchmark for protection of nationally protected species woe betide Australia,” Greens National Marine Spokesperson, WA Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“The Greens will challenge this decision when Parliament resumes.”
WA Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said the reasons for the exemption did not stand up and were self-contradicting.
“This is not the standard of argument that is worthy of an Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act exemption,” Ms MacLaren said. Read more »