Government admits there is no reason to kill sharks

Pressed by the Greens in Parliament this week to reveal the logic or research behind its policy of killing sharks in an area after a shark bite has occurred, the Government has admitted that there is none. 

"On behalf of the Premier, the Leader of the Upper House last night admitted the Government has no research or evidence to show that a shark that has bitten a human once is any more likely than the next shark to bite a human again, and yet this assumption is at the heart of the Government's Imminent Threat policy and the justification for killing protected and vulnerable great white sharks," Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said.  Read more »

Government admits there is no reason to kill sharks

Pressed by the Greens in Parliament this week to reveal the logic or research behind its policy of killing sharks in an area after a shark bite has occurred, the Government has admitted that there is none. 

"On behalf of the Premier, the Leader of the Upper House last night admitted the Government has no research or evidence to show that a shark that has bitten a human once is any more likely than the next shark to bite a human again, and yet this assumption is at the heart of the Government's Imminent Threat policy and the justification for killing protected and vulnerable great white sharks," Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said.  Read more »

Greens: Bill that validates 25 EPA projects approved with conflicted board should never have passed

Media statement, Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has labelled yesterday’s passing of the Environmental Protection Amendment (Validation) Bill 2014 that retrospectively validate twenty-five projects environmentally approved by a conflicted board of the EPA as ‘an unfair rushed bill that should not have come near to passing’.

“The Greens opposed the Environmental Protection Amendment (Validation) Bill 2014 which passed yesterday.

“It was a sad day not only for environmental protection but also for good governance when the Government retrospectively approved the EPA’s meetings including members with declared conflicts of interest. It seems the Barnett Government can make the rules up as they go along. Read more »

Greens: Bill that validates 25 EPA projects approved with conflicted board should never have passed

Media statement, Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has labelled yesterday’s passing of the Environmental Protection Amendment (Validation) Bill 2014 that retrospectively validate twenty-five projects environmentally approved by a conflicted board of the EPA as ‘an unfair rushed bill that should not have come near to passing’.

“The Greens opposed the Environmental Protection Amendment (Validation) Bill 2014 which passed yesterday.

“It was a sad day not only for environmental protection but also for good governance when the Government retrospectively approved the EPA’s meetings including members with declared conflicts of interest. It seems the Barnett Government can make the rules up as they go along. Read more »

Greens: 457 hardship provision does not go far enough for single income families


Media statement, Thursday 13 November 2014

Greens education spokeswoman Lynn MacLaren MLC says that if the State Government is going to persist with charging migrant workers for educating school age children, then the least they can do is provide hardship provisions to help families who will struggle to afford the charges.

“The provisions announced today don’t go far enough for families on single incomes”, she said.
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Celebrating Pride at Parliament

ATTN LGBTI friends and allies! You are invited to 'Celebrating Pride at Parliament', a much anticipated cross-party event at Parliament House to celebrate the achievements of the LGBTI community in 2014!

This cross party event will be co-hosted by MPs from all corners of the political spectrum, it is powerful that we acknowledge that LGBTI rights should be acknowledged and celebrated by everyone. Read more »