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Greens welcome ACTU intervention in the TPP debate

28 May 2015

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, enthusiastically welcomes the ACTU passing a motion at their National Congress today calling on the Australian Government to release the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text or to withdraw Australia from negotiations. Senator Whish-Wilson addressed ACTU members at a TPP breakfast yesterday.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “Today the ACTU unanimously passed a motion calling on the Australian Government to release the TPP text or to withdraw from negotiations.

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So-called offer to see Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement text is farcical

25 May 2015

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on reports that Trade Minister Andrew Robb is offering MPs private briefings and viewings of the Trans Pacific Partnership (subject to confidentiality orders).

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “I have asked questions of Ministers in Question Time, and questions of Ministers and officials in Estimates; the Senate has passed motions calling on the Government to table the text of the TPP well before it is signed; and no one has provided any relevant information at all.

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Fish deaths leave more questions about Macquarie Harbour oxygen levels unanswered

22 May 2015

Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on the salmon deaths in Macquarie Harbour.

“Last week I heard evidence from locals that a storm had caused the upwelling of dead and deoxygenated water below fish pens in Macquarie Harbour leading to millions of dollars of fish deaths.

“Now we have had it confirmed that some 270 tonnes of salmon have been killed.

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