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Shark nets don't make the ocean safe, especially for marine life

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has strongly criticised the Federal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg for granting a blanket exemption for the NSW government to undertake a shark netting program.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Environment Minister is misusing a clause in the EPBC Act that exists to allow communities to respond to national emergencies like bushfires, wars and floods without seeking approval if there might be interactions with endangered species.

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Feds must intervene in Macquarie Harbour salmon farm regulation

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has used the latest EPA reporting on the state of Macquarie Harbour to write to Federal Environment Minister to ask him to reconsider the 2012 decision that the salmon farming expansion did not require assessment under the EPBC Act.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “In the Senate Inquiry the Greens recommended that if any new information came to light or the impacts identified in the leaked reports are not solved, then the Federal Government needs to step in.

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If someone else was Agriculture Minister would the backpacker tax have been fixed by now?

Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens Treasury spokesperson, provides the following comments about the government’s ongoing backpacker tax saga.

“Yesterday Barnaby was talking bulldust on the backpacker tax start date, today he’s playing the xenophobia card about foreign workers undercutting Australian jobs. He’s gone from spreading misinformation to ungrounded fearmongering.

“You have to wonder if government would have done better if anyone other than Barnaby was the agriculture minister. If Richard Colbeck was still around then I am sure this would have been killed two years ago.

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RIP Barnaby's backpacker tax

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, announces the Greens position on the Government’s backpacker tax Bill.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “The Greens want backpackers to be taxed at the same rate as residents. However, we will support the cross-bench amendment to reduce the government’s 19% rate to 10.5%. With the Greens and Labor support of this amendment, the Bill will likely return to the House at a lower rate and the Government has said they will kill it.

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Government’s problems with the backpacker tax are all of its own making

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following response to the government’s increasingly desperate attempts to save itself from self-imposed humiliation on its backpacker tax.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The spree of media releases from the government and agencies yesterday shows that they are making it up as they go along with the backpacker tax; desperately trying to shift the blame to anyone but themselves over the farce that they created.

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Industry Super calls for more government infrastructure investment in alignment with Greens policy

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Industry Super funds should be commended for their long-term investment strategy that sees them more willing to invest in nation-building infrastructure than other super funds.

"The Greens were the only party that took a costed infrastructure policy to the election that took advantage of the low cost of borrowing to significantly increase our nation's infrastructure investment.

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Southern Ocean breakthrough a testament to environmental science and advocacy

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, strongly welcomes the decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve in the Ross Sea, part of the Southern Ocean off the coast of Antarctica.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Environmental groups have been passionately and assiduously campaigning to protect the world’s last intact marine ecosystem, the Ross Sea. I am proud to be part of the movement that so doggedly fights for the protection of the planet’s special places.

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