Tinck­nell voices leg­is­la­tion sup­port

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Pierra Wil­lix

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.

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