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John Church’s treatment is emblematic of CSIRO fiasco

Greens Senator for Tasmania, and Chair of recent Senate Inquiry into CSIRO budget cuts, offers the following comments on redundancy notice issued to renowned sea-level rise scientist John Church while at sea south of Hobart on the RV Investigator.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “John Church is a giant of sea-level rise research and to treat him in this way is abominable, there is a real palpable anger in Tasmania's science community following this decision.

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Cape Grim will send a message to the world on climate change

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Cape Grim is the world's sentinel for measuring the atmosphere's carbon dioxide levels. When Cape Grim records 400 ppm it will mean that the entire planet's atmosphere will have passed a critical marker.

"Cape Grim has been measuring carbon dioxide levels for the last 40 years and is the only measurement station of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.

"This next week or two will be the last time in the life of every Tasmanian alive today where the carbon dioxide levels will be under this marker.

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Container Deposit Scheme is an inevitability for Tasmania

Senator Whish-Wilson said that the decision by the NSW Government to adopt a container deposit scheme was a big win for community campaigners around the country, and makes it inevitable that Tasmania will eventually adopt a similar popular scheme.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “With NSW, the state with the largest population, joining in with South Australia and the Northern Territory in adopting a cash-for-containers scheme other states will fall into line like dominos.

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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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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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UTAS Vice Chancellor speaks out on CSIRO cuts

Greens Senator for Tasmania, and spokesperson for Antarctic issues, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, supports the comments by the University of Tasmania Vice Chancellor Peter Rathjen that Tasmania’s hard-won world-leading competitive advantage in climate and Antarctic science should not be given up lightly.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Peter Rathjen is right. Tasmania has worked hard to develop a global reputation in climate and Antarctic science and once you have earned this reputation you don’t just throw it away.

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No more excuses. Time for the Geelong Star to go.

With the Geelong Star catching more seals and now also an endangered whale shark, Greens Fisheries spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling for the Fisheries and Environment Ministers to intervene and send the factory-freezer vessel home.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Geelong Star is seemingly trying to collect the whole set of endangered or protected species in its giant net: first dolphins, then seals, then albatrosses and now a whale shark.

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