Some #noWAsharkcull crew today visited the office of the Environment Protection Authority on St George’s Terrace, Perth.
The aim was to deliver a scroll of messages and a book of photos to Paul Vogel. The messages on the scroll came from both here in Western Australia and from others around the world, all calling for an end to the shark cull in WA.
The real aim was to get the campaign back in the media, and combined with yesterday’s media blow-up, it has worked. We got media for what really was just a few people with a desire to see the head of the EPA, who in my opinion absolutely should be meeting with environmental movements.
If the EPA won’t even meet with us, after we break all their records for public submissions, what does that say about them? Maybe they will, we have requested a meeting with Paul Vogel between now and July the 4th, while the Public Environmental Review is still open.
Today Clive Palmer surprised most of the country, especially progressives, by appearing with Al-Gore to announce his position on repealing the ‘Carbon Tax’.
When the announcement came it was bitter-sweet. Clive Palmer essentially agreed to follow the position the ALP under Kevin Rudd took to the election last year. He will only support dissolving the carbon tax on the condition it is replaced with an Emissions Trading Scheme.
Not at all what Tony Abbott had hoped to hear from his coal-mining friend. Not at all what most people would have expected to hear from a man who makes millions each year on digging up coal.
Not what I expected when Palmer and his soon-to-be Senator’s were elected last year.
The move comes after a string of controversial decisions by the EPA and criticism that it was “more focused on protecting polluting industries than looking after the community and human health”. I’d agree with that assessment and would say it also applies to the EPA here in Western Australia too.