Tincknell voices legislation support
One Nation WA’s Colin Tincknell has voiced support for a legislative ban on fracking and says it is disappointing to see Labor “waver” from its original position.
The comments from the South West MLC and party leader follow Times reports Labor has ruled out legislation for its South West fracking ban, which Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston claims has already been implemented.
Mr Tincknell said his party would support a Bill if it were introduced to Parliament, but outlined conditions.
“We would support it but would want amendments so the ban would extend to agricultural regions stretching from Geraldton down to Esperance,” he said.
“Their (Labor’s) position is based on votes while ours is based on agricultural farming across WA.
“They are starting to waver from their position, which is very disappointing to us.”
While Mr Johnston ruled out legislation, he told the Times other steps were being considered and a “scientific inquiry” was taking place.
“The scientific inquiry will inform the duration of the morato- rium across the remainder of the State,” he said.
The Labor Party is one seat shy of holding a working majority in the Legislative Council and needs the support of the Greens and one crossbencher to pass legislation.
One Nation WA holds three seats in the Upper House.