Greens MLC claims frack ban ’empty’

BUSSELTON DUNSBOROUGH TIMES, 30 November 2018

Greens MLC Diane Evers says a hard-fought campaign to have unconventional gas exploration ruled out in the South West has resulted in an “unfortunate” and “empty” frack ban that does little to protect the region. 

Activists bid to halt drum lines

AUGUSTA MARGARET RIVER TIMES, 30 November 2018

A petition lodged in WA’s Parliament yesterday calls for a rethink of the proposed SMART drum line trial at Gracetown as activists gear up to fight the project. 

4WD track promo stalls

GREAT SOUTHERN WEEKENDER, 22 November 2018

Promoters of a Mundaring to Albany fourwheel-drive track have been asked by the State to desist until concerns about dieback and other eco-nasties have been addressed. 

Newly formed group moved to protest

BUSSELTON DUNSBOROUGH TIMES, 30 November 2018

The newly formed Water Defenders Australian Alliance will host a peaceful protest in Vasse this Saturday, imploring the State Government to rethink its position on fracking. 

Greens win inquiry for Parliamentary Budget Office

Greens WA Finance and Treasury spokesperson Diane Evers has successfully called for an inquiry into the establishment of a Parliamentary Budget Office to ensure the independent costing of election promises and related purposes.

The move was added as an amendment to a motion calling for an investigation into the Government’s Local Projects Local Jobs program, which was supported by all parties this week.

Initiated by Shadow Minister for Government Accountability, Tjorn Sibma, it called on the Estimates and Financial Operations Committee to look at various aspects of the program, in particular how projects were developed, evaluated and selected for funding.

Ms Evers said this was a good example of why WA needed a Parliamentary Budget Office, similar to ones that exist federally and in some Australian states, which provided independent costings of election promises.

The inquiry will be chaired by Mr Sibma with Labor MLC Alanna Clohesy as deputy. The committee is to report no later than 12 months after the referral.