Title Taylor should apologise for "misguided" Peebles abuse -- Senator
Database Press Releases
Date 15-05-1989
Source Australian Democrats
Author JENKINS, Jean
Citation Id HPR03007244
Speech No
System Id media/pressrel/HPR03007244


Taylor should apologise for "misguided" Peebles abuse -- Senator

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SENATOR JEAN JENKINS A U S T R A L IA N C EM GO RATS

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PR89- 220 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Perth, 15 May, 1989

TAYLOR SHOULD APOLOGISE FOR "MISGUIDED" PEEBLES ABUSE— SENATOR

Australian Democrat Senator Jean Jenkins today sprang to the defence of party colleague and WA anti-pollution activist Shyama Peebles against Kalgoorlie MLA and Police Minister Ian Taylor.

Mr Taylor was credited with a bitter and carping personal attack on Mrs Peebles in a prominent story in the Kalgoorlie Miner on 13 May.

This was in reply to Mrs Peebles's earlier criticism that extremely high levels of sulphur dioxide emission on the Golden Mile warranted prosecution in line with commitments made by Mr Taylor.

But the import of Mr Taylor's reply was that Mrs Peebles had no right to "sit on the sidelines and snipe away" or to comment "from the safety of her taxpayers' job with Homeswest".

"GROSSLY UNSEEMLY..."

Senator Jenkins said it was grossly unseemly for a highly-paid Minister, using professional media resources, to bully an honest, conscientious citizen like Mrs Peebles and make sneering gibes about her employment, which happens to be only part-time.

"If the thrust of Mr Taylor's attack was to threaten Mrs Peebles's security by placing pressure on her Government employer, then I hope for his sake that this does not translate into any action against her," Senator Jenkins said.

"Ms Peebles has for very long been in the vanguard of sensible and informed community protest against unacceptable pollution of residential environment, and history has proven her correct in nearly all details, to the great benefit of Goldfields families.

" Even the misguided Mr Taylor admits the need to remove noxious ore roasters well away from Kalgoorlie-Boulder. He should also heed the wisdom of advice that they should be moved down-wind, not up-wind of residential areas," Senator Jenkins said.

"Since the facts clearly prove Mrs Peebles's criticism to have been justified, Mr Taylor should be a man and apologise to her for the vicious and childish tone of his comments, which do no credit to either him or the Dowding Government," Senator Jenkins concluded.

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