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Barnett backs down from Federal shark cull assessment

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 24 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Premier's decision to withdraw his shark cull from Federal Government assessment should finally signal an end of the flawed policy.

Reports today indicate that the WA Government has withdrawn an application for an exemption to the EPBC Act, which would have allowed the Premier to carry out a three year shark cull off Perth and the South West of WA.

"I hope that by withdrawing the shark cull from federal assessment, Colin Barnett is abandoning this cruel policy," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"The evidence is overwhelming that the cull policy proposed by the WA State Government was flawed, and I think the Federal Minister for the Environment would have had to reject the proposal.

"I remain concerned that drum lines could be used in some instances as part of emergency measures and particularly that this could occur without Federal approval.

"If Premier wants to genuinely improve public safety, they should focus on measures such as eco-barriers, increased research and public education and programs such as Shark Spotters in South Africa or Brazil's tag and remove approach.

"Today's outcome is a reflection of the strong community campaign against this cull and is a tribute to all those people in WA, around Australia and overseas who have joined rallies and shown their opposition to this plan.

"I call on the Premier to publicly commit to finally abandon his cull plans and the use of drumlines, and to invest in alternative measures to improve community safety without jepoardising WA's marine life," Senator Siewert concluded.


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