Greg Hunt, Australia's federal minister for the environment, has released a statement to the press, "The Federal Government will require the West Australian Government to undertake a full environmental assessment of Western Australia’s Shark Mitigation Strategy."
Even though they can continue the current program until the end of April, the release further states "However, as I have previously informed the West Australian Government on
making the original decision, there would be no further extension
without a full assessment.
Western Australia will need to refer the program for assessment under
national environment law. We will work co-operatively with the West
Australian Government through this process."
You can read the entire press release here.
This is a good first step. Let's hope that when they review the policy they actually listen to the scientific evidence and not just the fear mongers in the West Australian government.
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