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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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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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Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson writes about his experience at the Tarkine BioBlitz

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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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China Antarctic MOU welcome boost to Tasmanian economy

China's commitment to using Australia as an Antarctic gateway is welcome news for Tasmanians working in the science, research and shipping sectors, Greens senators said today.

"The Antarctic and Southern Ocean research sector is worth millions to the Tasmanian economy. China's commitment will help ensure it continues to play a strong role for years to come," Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Government has no plans to restore AFP to Hobart Airport even after runway expansion

Today in the Senate Estimates Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee hearing, the Greens Senator for Tasmania Peter Whish-Wilson, grilled the government on whether it has any plans to restore Australian Federal Police to Hobart airport after its proposed expansion.

Senator Whish-Wilson asked that given the government is planning to expand the Hobart airport runway will they reconsider the cutting of AFP staff upon expansion.

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Senate sends message to Pulp Mill investors over federal permit

The Senate has today has passed a motion calling upon the government to maintain the environmental requirement in the Gunns Pulp Mill approval that excludes wood sourced from native forests being used as feedstock.

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said, “The Australian Senate has sent a message to any potential pulp mill investors not to rely on native forest woodchips to prop up your business case".

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Greg Hunt plane stunt fails to stop whale hunt

With news of another clash in the Southern Ocean, it is apparent that Minister Hunt’s broken promise to send a Customs Vessel has allowed the Japanese to get away with whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and to ramp up its aggression against the Sea Shepherd crews.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "the new aggressive tactics used by the Japanese whaling fleet has dramatically raised the stakes to unprecendented levels of danger.

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