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Greens to proceed with shark cull bill

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 19 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today they will respond to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights request for further information on their bill to prevent another exception of the WA shark cull being granted, ensuring that another cull doesn't proceed before it is subject to environmental assessment.

"I do not think that the right to life elements of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) applies to this legislation," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"We are dealing with human interactions with the environment. You simply can't avoid or remove all risks from such situations. The shark cull program promotes a false sense of safety as it will not remove risk, and may in fact attract sharks closer to beaches.

"The WA Government claims that this cull is about saving and protecting life, but in reality it is nothing more than a PR stunt. The Premier continues to ignore the non-lethal shark mitigation measures which are being used and trialled in other countries.

"This year's cull harms, rather than helps the WA Government's case for an expanded catch and kill program. It has attracted national and international condemnation, and I would argue that the cull hurts tourism and has put the state on the map for all the wrong reasons," Senator Siewert concluded.

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