Lynn MacLaren to march with AME at Mardi Gras


Greens spokesperson for Marriage Equality Lynn MacLaren says she is proud to be marching with the Australian Marriage Equality (AME) float at Mardi Gras 2015, taking place in Sydney tomorrow.

Ms MacLaren recognised the fabulous work AME is doing in advocating for same-sex marriage equality Australia-wide and said it was the single most important issue facing the LGBTQI community.

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New Bill would criminalise lawful protest in WA


  The Barnett Government’s new Crime Bill may be a drastic overreach that destroys the democratic right to lawful protest, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says.

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Community to be thanked for forcing Government’s late night train backflip

Greens WA Transport Spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC has welcomed the Government’s backflip on a decision to cancel Perth’s late night train service but it says it calls into question how the Government is making decisions.

“Good governance is fundamentally about good decision-making and that doesn’t happen when decisions are made unilaterally, without consultation and on false information,” Ms MacLaren said.

“The Greens congratulate the community for forcing the Government’s hand and making it reconsider its decision and the evidence on which it was based.

“The Western Australian public have had to do the same before, such as with solar panels and shark culling, and they will do it again each time the Government ignores common sense and facts. Read more »

Answers by the Minister point to 'Serious Muddle' over ‘Serious Threat’ shark policy

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says more questions have emerged about the Government’s attempt to kill a protected tagged white shark in Warnbro Sound before Christmas after the Fisheries Minister said in Parliament this week that a kill order would not be issued again under similar circumstances.

“In answer to my question: ‘Is it the Government’s intention to try to kill more protected sharks fitted with acoustic tags in the future when the sharks have not been seen by anyone, let alone threaten anyone and whose presence is only known about because they have been detected on an acoustic receiver?’, the Minister answered: ‘The simple answer to that is no’,” Ms MacLaren said.

“This raises the obvious question as to why did the Fisheries’ acting Director-General order a tagged white shark in Warnbro Sound to be killed in December, when that shark had not been seen by any member of the public, nor had she threatened anyone. Read more »

WA Greens call for marriage equality allies to speak out

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren called on marriage equality allies to speak out more vocally as she congratulated Rachelle and Hayley Bennett for their highly publicised marriage thanks to the British Consulate and local radio station Hit92.9.

Orchestrated by Radio Station Hit92.9’s Heidi Anderson, the wedding took advantage of a loophole in the system allowing the lesbian couple to get married if at least one partner held British citizenship.

Ms MacLaren said Rachelle and Hayley Bennett’s marriage, although unfortunately not recognised by Australia, really highlighted broad public support for marriage equality.

“It is truly inspiring to me to see that this couple’s wedding has encouraged more marriage equality allies to come out into the open,” she said. Read more »

Perth must not fall behind other capitals in late night services

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says the State Government must assess impacts on hospital emergency departments before proceeding with a plan to cancel Perth’s late night train services.

Ms MacLaren made the call after the Government confirmed in Parliament this afternoon that Perth would join Darwin, Canberra and Hobart as the only Australian capitals without regular late night train or bus services if the planned cancellation went ahead.

“Even Adelaide, with a smaller population than Perth, provides a midnight to 5am bus service on Saturday nights to get people safely out of the city,” Ms MacLaren said.

“In 2009, Premier Barnett announced the 2.15am train service as part of a package to improve community safety in Northbridge.

“He revealed at the time that Friday and Saturday nights between midnight and 5am were the busiest times for the Emergency Department at Royal Perth Hospital, with up to a half of presentations being alcohol-related, at a cost of $540 per admission. Read more »