Greens bring on debate for Biodiversity bill that will protect sharks and wetlands

15th May 2014


WA Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren will this morning bring on for debate her Biodiversity Bill, which will protect Western Australia’s flora and fauna, including marine life such as sharks.

“Western Australia has exceptional levels of biodiversity on a global scale, yet the legislation that guides our biodiversity conservation is more than 60 years’ old,” Ms MacLaren said.

Ms MacLaren explained how successive Liberal and Labor State governments have promised or attempted to update the WA Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 without success.

“I look forward to hearing the debate today as both Liberal and Labor parties’ policy supports these reforms”.

The Biodiversity Legislation (Priority Reforms) Bill contains some simple amendments to current legislation, recognising that creating a comprehensive new biodiversity conservation Act will be a longer process.

“The amendments will protect against future developments such as the Roe 8 highway extension which would destroy rare and endangered species in the Beeliar wetlands and would make the Government’s current senseless shark cull illegal under the Act. 

“We must move quickly in creating stronger protective framework for biodiversity in this state, before it is too late”.

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Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC - Member for South Metropolitan Region Legislative Council, Parliament of Western Australia