Greens criticise growth of inhumane Live Export Trade that is exporting Australian jobs

Media statement, Thursday 10 April 2014.

Today Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren slammed plans by the Minister to expand Live Export to China, labelling the trade as exporting jobs from Western Australia and failing to meet acceptable animal welfare standards.
“We have overwhelming evidence that this trade has frequently failed to deliver livestock without on board deaths, sometimes from heat exhaustion, we know that the stock cannot be sufficiently tracked and are at risk of cruelty at their destination”, said Ms MacLaren. Read more »

Public urged to speak up now against formal proposal for a 3-year drum line programme: Greens

Media statement, Tuesday 8 April 2014.

The State Government’s application to the Federal Government to extend the ineffective drum line programme by three years represents a complete disregard for community concern and scientific evidence, said Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren.

If approved, the drum lines will sit 1km off popular WA beaches from 15 November to 30 April each year, from 2014 - 2017.
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State Government requests to extend worrying drum line programme

The Barnett Government has asked the Federal Government to extend its drum lines programme for three years.

You can help to Stop The Cull by spending just 2 minutes of your time to submit a comment to the EPBC opposing the policy:

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Shark drum line program: Questions 2

273. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Attorney General representing the Minister for Police:
I refer to the contractor who is conducting shark drum lining activities in the south west for the government.
(1) What sort of firearms licence does the contractor have for the firearm he uses on the drum lining boat? Read more »


Introduction and First Reading
Bill introduced, on motion by Hon Lynn MacLaren, and read a first time.
Second Reading
HON LYNN MacLAREN (South Metropolitan) [10.24 am]: I move —
That the bill be now read a second time. Read more »

Poultry Farms: Questions

755. Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Mental Health representing the Minister for Planning:
(1) Are rotating compound areas to be used in the proposed poultry farm in Gingin?
(2) If yes to (1), where would water used for revegetation be provided from? Read more »

Shark drum line program: Questions

230. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Minister for Fisheries:
(1) To the minister’s knowledge, how many dusky sharks have been caught on the drum lines to date?
(2) Please give the sizes, dates and locations of all dusky sharks captured on the drum lines to date, as well as details of the animals’ release or death. Read more »

Community outrage at EPA’s rejection of 22000 submissions

Media statement, Wednesday, 12 March 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren blasted the EPA today saying their refusal to assess the environmental impacts of baited hook drum lines is an outrageous affront to tens of thousands of Western Australians.

“Every man and his dog know that these drum lines are proposed to be a regular feature off popular beaches, and almost certainly off southwest beaches. Read more »

Liberal-National MP undermines Premier Barnett’s key argument for shark cull

Green MLC Lynn MacLaren says one of Premier Barnett’s key arguments for a shark cull – that a similar policy is popular in Queensland – has been undermined by comments today by an MP from his own side of politics. 

“Andrew Laming, Liberal-National Member for Bowman in Queensland, told the ABC today that he is an ocean swimmer who has been watching shark culling in his electorate for a very long time and has felt ‘deeply uncomfortable with it’,” Ms MacLaren commented.

“Further, Dr Laming said that anti-shark cull sentiment is ‘very strong’ in his electorate and that in relation to hazards posed by sharks, he feels that ‘actions need to be based on evidence’. Read more »

Drumlines to remain as injunction refused

Media statement, Wednesday, 5 March 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren expressed concern and disappointment at today’s Supreme Court decision to keep the drum lines in the water, with a requested injunction for the hooks to be taken out for proper judicial review denied.

“While the request for the drum lines to be pulled immediately was denied, we are still hopeful that we will win the fight, and the drum lines will be pulled out,” Ms MacLaren said.

“Despite both environmental and legal concerns surrounding Barnett’s catch and kill policy, the drum lines remain; this is an upsetting decision for 80-95% of Australians that are against the cull. This is also concerning for those that feel unsafe swimming in WA waters with a ‘meat curtain’ hanging just one km off our popular beaches”.  
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