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Greens welcome NSW Container Deposit Scheme decision and call on other states to follow

Greens spokesperson for Consumer Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson welcomes the news that NSW has followed in the footsteps of the South Australia and the Northern Territory by announcing plans for a beverage container recycling refund scheme, and is calling on other states to quickly follow suit. [NB: Tasmanian specific comment at end of release]

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Pontville secrecy must end

Greens spokesperson for Defence, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says the Defence department must stop insisting that the identity of the buyer of the Pontville detention centre remain secret.

Senator Whish-Wilson, “The Defence Department are keeping the buyer’s identity of the Pontville detention centre secret on the final day before we enter the caretaker period before the election.

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Final Budget of Abbott-Turnbull government lays bare the economic policy failures for Tasmania

Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, says that last night’s Federal Budget is an admission of failure by the Liberals to deliver for Tasmania's economy.

“First the Government wound up their $6.5 million employment incentive aimed at attracting 2000 jobs; it ending up employing just 160 people.

“The Cadbury’s $15 million grant was a farce from beginning to end. A cent of the money has been yet to be spent despite the Government’s term effectively being over.

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CSIRO cuts Senate Report: Australia must value the work of our climate scientists

Chair of the Senate Select Committee into the Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures and Greens Senator for Tasmania, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the release of the Senate Inquiry Report into the CSIRO budget cuts.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “What is clear from this entire debacle is that both the Australian Government and the CSIRO management has at no stage placed any value on the work being done by the CSIRO climate scientists.

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Last minute to midnight resolution for CSIRO climate scientists still equals cuts and uncertainty

Chairman of the Senate Select Committee into the Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures, and Greens Senator for Tasmania, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, offers the following comments on today's Senate Hearing.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Today we finally have a small sense of clarity about the final numbers of CSIRO environmental and climate scientists that will lose their jobs as a result of the cuts put in place by the Liberal Government.

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ASIC announcement an admission of 3 wasted years under the Liberals

Greens spokesperson for Finance, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says the last minute rush to fix financial regulation is an admission by the Government that they have wasted their three years in office.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “I am pleased that the government has made this ASIC announcement today as it perfectly highlights that they have spent their time in office heading in the wrong direction when it comes to financial regulation.

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