GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE
1081. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the
Minister for Police:
I refer to the Global Strike 4
Climate on Friday, 20 September and the fact that the WA Police Force blocked
access to St Georges Terrace, despite the strike organisers notifying police in
the lead-up to the strike that the route would include a stretch along St
Georges Terrace between William Street and Mill Street.
(1) Who made the
decision to block access to St Georges Terrace?
(2) When was the
(3) What was the
reason for the decision?
(4) How was the
decision communicated to strike organisers?
(5) Was there any
contact between any government representative and any representative from
Woodside or Chevron in relation to the strike route prior to the decision being
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by
the Minister for Police. The Western Australia Police Force advises the
organisers failed to apply for a permit to conduct a march. Safety concerns
with the proposed route were raised by police and the City of Perth and
communicated to organisers at the time. Police make operational decisions for
managing protests, major incidents and operational activity based on multiple
factors including, but not limited to, safety, risk management, capability,
intelligence and community engagement. The decisions are made within the
incident command and control structure for the operation being managed.
(5) The WA Police Force communicated with a number of
organisations potentially impacted by the planned protest action as part of a risk
assessment process. As stated previously, the incident command control
structure makes operation decisions based on a number of factors. Operation
decision-making and tactical activities for management of protests are not
disclosed to ensure that police operations are not compromised.