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Senate urges Government to act on Veterans' suicide rates

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens Defence and Veterans’ Affairs spokesperson, welcomed the release today of the Senate Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee’s report into the mental health of ADF veterans.

Senator Whish-Wilson initiated the inquiry in 2015 on the back of concerns about the rate of mental health problems among veterans, including the rates of suicide and the extent of homelessness.

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Democratic voting reforms

Senator WHISH-WILSON

The Greens have campaigned on democratic electoral reform for over a decade. Our party, which was formed 45 years ago, has as one of its core principles-one of its four principles in its charter-participative democracy. It is absolutely crucial to who we are as a party. We are also a party who represents our grassroots members. Our members write our policies and our national council constantly works with the party room on how we deliver these policies and these principles.

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Forestry Managed Investment Schemes: $4 Billion more reasons for a Royal Commission

The Senate Economics Committee has today released its report into the collapse of forestry MIS in Australia, detailing the rise and fall of a $4 billion Ponzi scheme.
Greens spokesperson for Finance, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, who initiated the inquiry in 2014, called forestry MIS “Australia’s GFC moment” and “an almost perfect reflection of the boom and bust in the United States mortgage market”.

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CommInsure scandal reinforces need for an urgent Royal Commission

The Australian Greens have today reiterated their call for a Royal Commission into the financial services sector and the culture generated within vertically integrated banking models.

Greens Finance spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has again called for banks to be put under the highest level of scrutiny following revelations of misconduct in the insurance arm of the Commonwealth Bank.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The coercive powers of a Royal Commission are essential to see how far and how high this problem goes.

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Greens welcome Launceston Macquarie House Innovation Hub funding. Three years in the making

Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson comments on the Greens delivering $3 million in federal funding to set up the Launceston Macquarie House Innovation Hub, and the welcomes news that the Tasmanian government and the UTAS are committing funding and resources to operating innovation hubs in Tasmania.

“The Greens are excited the state government and UTAS are contributing funds and resources to help operate new innovation hubs in Tasmania.

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Defence cash splash obliterates future budget surpluses

Greens Defence and Finance Spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has released analysis from the Parliamentary Library showing that the new Defence spending outlined in yesterday’s White Paper has obliterated future budget surpluses.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Scott Morrison’s and Mathias Cormann’s ‘credible path to surplus’ appears to have taken a detour via the South China Sea.

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