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Mark McGowan phone call allegation puts fossil fuel influence in WA under spotlight

Allegations that the former Western Australian premier Mark McGowan put pressure on the independent Environmental Protection Authority to withdraw climate guidelines opposed by gas companies are evidence of the fossil fuel industry’s “ownership” of the state, senior figures say. Carmen Lawrence, another former Labor premier, said McGowan’s alleged behaviour four years ago, if true, was “certainly improper”, “ethically questionable” and “illustrated the power that fossil fuels have to influence the government” in the state.

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  • walter lungayi

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    The allegations against Mark McGowan highlight the concerning level of influence that the fossil fuel industry has in Western Australia's government. It is imperative that steps are taken to ensure that corporate interests do not supersede environmental protection and ethical decision-making.

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