colin-barnett

WA Premier, Colin Barnett, has made a “personal commitment” to work with ministers in reducing the number of Aboriginal peoples in the state’s jail system and deaths in custody.

During yesterday’s rally against Black deaths in custody and the death of Ms Dhu, Premier Colin Barnett went out to address the protesters in Perth. 

Addressing Ms Dhu’s mother directly, Barnett said; “I promise you, whatever the truth is we will find it and I am very sorry for your loss.”

If Premier Barnett sees Ms Dhu’s face spreading across social media tonight - he’ll know he’s going to have to start giving us real answers. This request comes from Carol, Grandmother of Ms Dhu, asking EVERYONE to SHARE THIS PICTURE!

Please be sure to sign the petition asking for answers about Ms Dhu’s death here if you haven’t done so already.

[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A human person with a dive suit and a camera is in a large steel cage underwater. A great white shark is half in the frame, it’s head near the front of the cage. TEXT: “Oh no! There’s a human trapped in this cage! Don’t worry friend! We will get you out.”]

(Picture credit.)

Human friends. I need your help.

Do you remember my friend Drudgeon, the great white shark? She is a kind soul. Sometimes she makes mistakes, sure. But she never bothers you if she can help it. But sometimes, mistakes are made, and people get hurt. And she is sorry for that.

But right now, a human in Australia wants to murder Drudgeon and her family. I understand why. He wants people to feel safe. He wants people to like him. But murdering another creature because you are afraid is not fair.

I beg you, human friends. Please stop him. Please. She’s my friend. This isn’t her fault. She can’t die because of fear. I will not allow it.

Some kind humans have made a place to put your name down here and here, to say that you do not want to do this. That you don’t condone it. That you are kind, and good, and understand better than to simply kill the things you fear.

If you find other places or sources to help stop this, please reblab and let me know. I need to save her. Please tell your friends, and ask them to help too.

Please.

Mr Barnett has made a bad move. He thinks that killing thousands of sharks will make beach-going West Australians safer, when really he doesn’t think about it in the long run - how safe will we be when sharks, apex predators, eventually go extinct? Disrupting a food chain can have disastrous effects and in the end, they lead back to us. Who’s going to be safe then?

Sharks are predators, they eat things. Sometimes they bite humans, but here is a line from Wikipedia: “Humans, for the most part, are too bony for their liking. They much prefer a fat, protein-rich seal.” Sharks do not even like to eat humans. It’s like if you or me accidentally bit into something disgusting, and didn’t eat the rest. What they do is just like us, but such a big deal has been made out of it. Long story short, the government is killing sharks because they eat things. Beach-goers who swim in the water are aware of the sharks, and that is a risk they are willing to take. It is the shark’s territory, after all. They are not our sharks, and definitely not our sharks to kill. And definitely not the government’s sharks to kill. 

So wherever you are in the world, Aussie or not, help us stop the shark cull. There are some petitions that take virtually no effort to sign, yet they make a difference.

Greenpeace: https://www.greenpeace.org.au/action/?cid=60&src=GP5

Australian Marine Conservation Society: http://www.marineconservation.org.au/petitions.php/9/save-wa-sharks-stop-the-cull

It may also be worthwhile to send your thoughts to the government’s email at wa-government@dpc.wa.gov.au I’m sure they’d love to hear from you about why you think they made a terrible mistake.

The Greenpeace petition caused Colin Barnett’s email to crash, let’s try and do it again as a sign from the world that he needs to change things now. For the sharks, Australia and the world. Thanks for reading and please reblog <3

Keep reading

9

COTTESLOE BEACH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

6, 000 people gathered to protest against the Shark Culling Policy that has recently been introduced into WA by premier Colin Barnett. He defended his decision by proclaiming that it was in the best interest of the people, and that it made them feel safer. However, when divers and swimmers were interviewed, they said they did not, in fact, feel safer. They felt threatened.

One Tiger shark that was caught on Australia Day was shot four times in the head and left for dead. Other than this incident, the drum lines used to bait the sharks have caught undersized Tiger sharks (a species that hasn’t attacked a human being for 50 years) which were set free, but most died shortly afterwards. Both incidences have done nothing more than attract even more sharks to the beach, something that Mr Barnett said would not happen.

There is absolutely no scientific proof as to why the shark culling is a good idea, but plenty as to why it is a BAD one. Scientists and shark researchers have written an open letter to the government outlining why exactly the shark culling policy will damage the delicate, marine ecosystem around the county, which the politician has ignored. He continues to say that he is working in the best interest of the people to make them feel safer. Barnett then has the nerve to say that the ‘greenies’ are acting emotively.

You want cold, hard facts, Mr Barnett? In the last three years, seven people have been killed by shark attacks. In 2013 alone, only two people in Australia were attacked by sharks (both Great Whites), one of which died. 100 people drowned. 150 people died on the road. Shockingly and tragically, 200 died from suicide. The government could be putting their time and money into swimming education and mental health research, rather than into these useless drum lines which are doing nothing more than creating fear in people and harming an endangered species.

The targeted species of shark, the Great White, has not yet been hooked. It is a vulnerable species, protected by the EPBC act, with only 700 able to reproduce in Australian waters. There have been massive percentages of decline for the species in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. Catching and killing these animals is not going to save anyone and it certainly won’t save the shark.

Every year (world wide), approximately 12 people are killed by sharks. 520 sharks are killed EVERY HOUR. The marine ecosystem is very unbalanced due to this overfishing and these useless kills. Western Australia does not have to partake in these statistics. We need to keep our beaches beautiful.

Thank fully, there were around 25 rallies against this policy on West Australian beaches. Mr Barnett was absent, attending a mining conference in South Africa, but he won’t be able to escape the bad press. 100 confirmed people will be protesting at the conference in a couple of days. Peter Benchley, the author of the Jaws books, has donated money towards marine conservation and West Australian shark research. Ricky Gervais, a well-known English comedian, has shown his support for this event. You can too.

nosharkcull.org

Thank you all for readin this, and enjoy a selfie with a seal mascot:

Eco not Ego, Great Whites have rights, Common sense not Colin cents, SOS - Save our Sharks, Respect existence or expect resistance, It’s their water stop the slaughter

#nosharkcull

timetravellingblogger asked:

Hi there! Big fan of your blog. It's not strictly Tony Abbott related, but what's your take on the current "shark attack crisis"? I''m going to leave a copy of a post I made on the topic in your sub box, but I'm interested on your view. Cheers!

Oh man the amount of times I’ve wanted to complain about Colin Barnett and his fucking ruthless vendetta against sharks on this blog is ridiculous. He just wants them dead. He has no basis to think that this is a good idea other than some misinformed idea of sharks he got from a midnight viewing of Jaws when he was a kid. The list of things more dangerous or common than a shark attack is so large that you can compare the deaths by cows in the US to the deaths by sharks on a global scale and sharks still come second. (It’s 22 deaths by cows a year in the US versus 4.2 on average for sharks globally) High school football is more dangerous. Not that those deaths are unimportant but as far as reacting to a problem goes I think slaughtering nearly 200 sharks preemptively in an attempt to prevent one or two deaths is absurd.

"There’s the tiniest statistical chance someone might die! BETTER TRY AND RUIN AN ECOSYSTEM IN COLD BLOODED VENGEANCE." *Hard rock plays in the background as Colin Barnett drives past protesters and gives them the finger*

In regard to the WA shark cull: experts say it would be pointless. It is also damaging to every species except the Great Whites (the ones we’re trying to catch but don’t). Colin Barnett is ignorant on the species he is so adamantly trying to kill and doesn’t realise Great Whites are protected. It is an attempt to “fix” the problem but disregards the fact that it isn’t working. The EPA told him to stop and he was disappointed he didn’t get to continue slaughtering innocent creatures. Once again, culling doesn’t reduce risks and is condemned by environmental scientists. For every human attacked by a shark, millions of sharks die. That is cruel and disgusting.

That’s my thoughts on my state’s current attitude towards shark culling and my reasoning as to why it’s a load of shit. Thanks for asking. 

CAN YOU GUYS PLEASE HELP ME SIGNAL BOOST THIS THE WA GOVERNMENT CURRENTLY HAS A BILL PROPOSED AGAINST SUPPOSEDLY DANGEROUS DOG BREEDS AND HAVE KINDLY FORGOTTEN TO MENTION FINER DETAILS OF THE BILL.
Judge the deed, not the breed.
We need better owner education and socialisation of dogs. Also preventing certain people from certain demographics who would only use said dogs for dog fights or security purposes which their aggression is promoted. We also need child education on how to approach and respect dogs.

The new bill does none of this. Please help spread the word, like said page on fb, ask them for a petition, join us at the rally 16th July.

Please.

The State Government says the new Perth Stadium will feature two super-screens at least 20 by 12 metres in size and about 1,000 television screens to ensure fans do not miss any of the action on the field.

Western Australian Premier, Colin Barnett, has announced Perth Stadium will be paid for by:

  • 1,200 public services workers who were sacked in June
  • 500 workers in the education department to be sacked in the upcoming weeks
  • TAFE students who will be subjected to fee increases
  • Western Australia’s Primary School children who will have $60,000 a year in funding taken away from them
  • Students in Armadale and Fremantle who will see their schools amalgamated and their classes swell
  • The people of Armadale who are continuously denied police services as they are ‘economically unviable’
  • The people of Northam who have lost a train service to Perth
  • The people of South Perth whose sea walls are crumbling
  • TransPerth patrons who will have to pay to park their car at train stations
  • TransPerth patrons who have to pay more to utilise the city’s struggling public transport network

But hey! At least you can get WiFi at the football … If you can afford to go

I don’t care if it costs time and money I want the bloody thing built.
You have to spend money to make money.
Emissions need to be cut from the amount of traffic on the road.
Congestion needs to be dealt with.
AND I want to be able to get from one end of this city to the other without needing a car or being stranded. Can you do that Barnett?


The fact that Barnett does not support a light rail system in Perth is just another of many good reasons not to vote for the Liberal Party.