Premier must discipline Government MPs for politicising the tragic murder of environmental officer

Friday, August 1, 2014

There are calls today for the Premier to immediately discipline Nationals MP Andrew Fraser for publicly stating that the tragic and inexcusable murder of a state environmental officer was brought about by environmental laws.

Violence in politics, and violent responses to political or legal disputes, must never be condoned by any politician or political party.

Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“The Premier must immediately move to discipline government members who are using the violent killing of an environmental officer to champion their cause for weaker laws.

“We live in a peaceful democracy where legal disputes are dealt with by one of the world’s fairest and most transparent legal systems, violence can never be a part of that.

“When a government MP such as Andrew Fraser says this shooting death of a public servant is “a tragic event that I think has been brought about by bad legislation” he is providing political cover for an inexcusable act of violence.

“The fact that media outlets are positively reporting Mr Fraser’s comments and using this tragic death to justify law changes is a new low in political reporting in this country.

“Every politician, of every political party must stand united and condemn this violent killing for what it is, an inexcusable crime that must be responded to by the full weight of the law.” Mr Shoebridge said.

Greens MP and Environment Spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi said:

“It is reprehensible that the National Party is using the death of a dedicated environment worker to push for a weakening of environmental and native vegetation law. It is the worst kind of political expediency.

“It seems that the coalition pushes for tough law and order on every issue except the environment.” Dr Faruqi said.