Greens call for farmer protection and oppose lifting the gate to GM Crops in WA

Greens South Metropolitan MLC Lynn MacLaren will today reiterate her opposition to the Genetically Modified Crops Free Areas Repeal Bill – telling Parliament the Bill would further weaken protection for non-GM and organic farmers.  

“We know that less than a third of WA farmers currently grow GM crops – we need to ensure that the remaining 70 plus per cent are protected.

 “In subsequent years, Steve Marsh’s crops were contaminated. As a result, not only did Steve endure years of costly litigation, he has been denied compensation and will be forced to pay legal costs.

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Government prefers ignorance when killing sharks - Greens

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has accused the Government of missing a key opportunity to gather evidence from a white shark killed off Mandurah earlier this month.

"In response to Greens' questions in Parliament tonight the Government has confirmed that the 4.2 metre white shark it killed off Mandurah on 2 June spent more three hours dying on a drumline and the Fisheries officers made no effort to examine the shark's stomach contents before they dumped it in the sea," Ms MacLaren said.

"It's appalling that the rare opportunity for scientific study of a white shark of this size was tossed overboard. It shows a contempt for both wildlife and scientific endeavour and proves once again that the killing had nothing to do with increasing human safety.

"We will never know if it was the same shark responsible for biting Mr Gerring and it seems the only opportunity for exploring that possibility or learning what food had attracted the shark to that area was deliberately missed.

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Greens urge West Coast Eagles to show community leadership on trees

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has urged the West Coast Eagles to reconsider its plans to clear parkland in Lathlain containing hundreds mature trees for a proposed oval and training facilities.

“There is growing awareness in Perth that protecting mature trees in urban areas has multiple benefits for both our physical and mental health, and is in fact crucial for moderating air temperatures into the future as our city warms.

 “If the West Coast Eagles truly want to improve health in society and focus on the community as per their public statements, they will hold off plans to clearfell dozens of mature healthy trees for this development and instead work with the community on a design that will retain this valuable tree canopy,” Ms MacLaren, the WA Greens Urban Bushland Spokesperson and Member for the South Metropolitan Region, said.

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Greens call for sanction on cattle export to Vietnam after sickening footage emerges

Greens South Metropolitan MLC Lynn MacLaren has renewed her call for a complete ban on live exports after sickening footage of cattle being bludgeoned to death in a Vietnamese abatoir emerged.

“It was only a matter of time before the next footage of the torture of Australian animals overseas was brought to light,” Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

Greens call on Government to abandon shark hunt

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says the current hunt for a shark off Mandurah is an expensive waste of time and effort which does nothing to improve ocean safety and risks killing an endangered species.

“The setting of drum lines off Mandurah following yesterday's shark bite will do nothing to improve ocean safety and they should be removed,” Ms MacLaren said.

“There is no way of knowing whether the drum lines will catch the shark responsible for the bite as that shark could be 50 kilometres away by now. Read more »

Greens disagree with findings in RSPCA majority report

After a year’s long enquiry, the Parliamentary Select Committee into the operations of the RSPCA has today delivered its findings to the Upper House, Greens MLC and committee member Lynn MacLaren said.

“It’s long been our view that the inquiry was established by the ‘Shooters’ member and the Liberal-National Government to denigrate the functions of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.”

“When the RSPCA highlighted the failure to properly manage animal welfare in live exports and greyhound racing, clearly vested interests were upset.

“The committee spent a year of too-ing and fro-ing to come up with a set of half-baked recommendations which clearly weren’t supported by our minority report.

 “This inquiry merely sought from its outset to establish whether the RSPCA were overstepping the charter given to them under Royal prerogative to protect animals. Read more »