Labor MP fires gas hub broadside
Retiring Labor MP Tom Stephens. Picture: Alex Massey / The West Australian.

Retiring Labor MP Tom Stephens yesterday accused the Barnett Government of "corrupting the processes of government" during a spirited speech in Parliament on the $40 billion James Price Point gas hub near Broome.

The State Opposition moved to censure the Government for its "mishandling" of the contentious development, condemning conflicts of interest in environmental decision-making and a disregard for "indigenous cultural and heritage sensitivities".

Mr Stephens, the member for Pilbara, said Mr Barnett "constantly compromises projects in this State" and "deliberately set out" to threaten local Aboriginal groups with compulsory acquisition.

Premier Colin Barnett rejected the claims.

It came as two protesters were arrested yesterday after attaching themselves to drill rigs at the site of Woodside's planned gas hub. Broome community members Evan Dowlings and Frances Myles had been sitting on top of the rigs in harnesses for more than 30 hours, stopping the oil and gas giant's work.

Tactical response group officers and local police used a cherry picker to remove the activists.

Ms Myles, 29, was briefly removed only to lock herself on to the rig for a second time but eventually released herself.

The West Australian

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