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Greens call on Greg Hunt reject Barnett's shark cull

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Rachel Siewert 11 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens are calling on the Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt to support the recommendation of the WA EPA and reject Colin Barnett's shark cull.

"The EPA's decision shows that the science does not support this cull," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt will have the final say, and given the extensive body of evidence highlighting the flaws in Colin Barnett's plan, we call on him to support the EPA's recommendation.

"Colin Barnett's policy will harm the environment and will not be effective in reducing the risk of shark attacks

"Minister Hunt gave last summer's cull the green light, he cannot make the same mistake again.

"The EPA have pointed out that this assessment only addressed environmental issues, not those associated with public safety. There is a lack of evidence to suggest that this indiscriminate cull will reduce the risk of shark attacks, it can create a false sense of security and there are even concerns the drum lines could draw sharks closer to our beaches. Colin Barnett has failed to justify this cull on public safety grounds and has ignored the alternative, non-lethal measures that are being used internationally to mitigate the risk of people coming into contact with sharks.

"In light of the EPA's assessment, their concerns about the impact of the cull on shark populations and the lack of evidence to supporting Colin Barnett's approach, I think Minister Hunt has no choice but to reject this flawed policy.

"The Greens will be maintaining pressure on the Federal Government to ensure the right decision is made," Senator Siewert concluded.


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