Category: WA

WA lobster nationalisation leaves industry on the rocks

The West Australian fishing industry that has long exemplified successful export orientated local enterprises, now faces the threat of annihilation from Premier McGowan’s pugnacious policies. The proposed law tries to create more rock lobster stocks for a barely existent local market through enforced expropriation. If this bill passes the upper house, fishermen stand to lose their livelihoods.

The laws only set WA’s fishing industry back to the 1970s where it was uncompetitive and unprofitable as the government will seize over 17 percent of the fish stock. This will deter private investment and discourage new entrants while wrecking the industry. The prospect of such government overreach is unwarranted and exploitative based off the anaemic justification that rock lobsters are a ‘local rarity’.

Rock lobster fishermen rely heavily on the prices our exports attract due to high demand in Asian markets. The shockwaves of McGowan’s law are already being felt in the … Read the rest

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Everyman’s home is not his castle

We all know that with any land we ‘own’, there are rules and regulations over exactly what we can do with it. Some of these rules make sense such as a ban on burning off during the summer months; while others seem less useful and border on the pedantic. For instance, in my own suburb, we cannot fence in our front yards with walls any higher than 1.2m. The purpose, one assumes, is to ensure our streets maintain a certain look, to the benefit of all the residents.

If you think the rules and regulations governing how people make use of their own property is restricted to the cities and surrounding suburbs, think again. A WA man living on his own patch of paradise in the outback, has accumulated almost $5000 in court costs and fines for ‘camping’ on his own property in the middle of nowhere.

Roland Gopel, an Read the rest

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