Make a submission to the EPA regarding the State Government's WA Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program

You have until midnight! Make a submission to the EPA regarding the State Government's WA Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program.

I have made a submission to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) regarding the State Government's referral to extend the WA Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program for three years.


I urge you to make your own submission, see below a shorter submission that you can use as a template. Read more »

Lynn's submission to the EPA: Western Australian Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program 2014-2017

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has completed her submission to the Environmental Protection Authority regarding the State Government's referral to extend the WA Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program for three years. Lynn would like to urge members of the public to make their own submissions, and invites the public to use her submission as a recommendation on what to include.

Despite receiving over 20,000 submissions last month, the EPA chose not to assess the policy because the limited time frame of the policy (ending April 30 of this year) was deemed not to have an environmental impact.


With plans to extend the program to 2017, we must now send a clear message to the EPA that this policy is environmentally unacceptable and should conduct full assessment of the environmental impact. Read more »

Strong concerns about Fisheries’ advice on drum lining plan

Media statement, Tuesday 15 April 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has questioned advice given by the WA Department of Fisheries on the impacts of drum lining for three more years on WA’s marine life, saying it contradicts national documents published as recently as last year on the status of great white shark populations off Western Australia.

“The Premier, via his Department of Premier and Cabinet, has submitted a plan to both State and Federal environmental agencies outlining his intention to cull sharks in WA waters for another three summers,” Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

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 »

MEDIA ALERT – Press Conference: TAFE – its impact and accessibility to Perth residents. Live Export – the worrying move towards trial shipments to China

Media statement, Thursday 10 April 2014.

WHAT: A Greens initiated Senate Inquiry hearing into the TAFE system will be held in Perth today. This Inquiry will look into different funding models for TAFE, their impact on accessibility and affordability. The policies of the Coalition and Labor parties in recent years have cut back TAFE operations and resulted in many job losses. This inquiry is crucial to understanding the impacts this will have on Perth residents. Read more »

The Social Justice Alliance: standing up for women imprisoned as a result of domestic violence

Today I stood on the steps of Parliament with some of the determined advocates seeking fairness for women in prison. The Social Justice Alliance at Parliament delivered 1000 signatures calling for a review of sentences being served by Lesley Dowling and Robin Buller. The law has changed, they have suffered and paid their dues, there is nothing to be gained by their continued incarceration.

On 1 August 2008, the Homicide Act 2008 was amended to introduce changes in the context of domestic homicide where there has been a history of violence by either the deceased or the accused. Today we call on the State Government to:
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