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Death of Great Barrier Reef is a political choice

Yet another devastating climate change report details that the Great Barrier Reef is all but doomed without radical climate action. It begs the question: what will it take for our leaders to act?
 
Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said immediate transformative action to reverse climate change impacts on the reef is possible, but political will and determination is lacking.
 

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Urgent action needed to save the Tasmanian devil

Over 30 Tasmanian devils have been killed on Woolnorth Road in the state’s North West in the past two months, prompting the Greens to call for urgent federal government funding to tackle the issue. 
 
Tasmanian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said reports of decimated Tasmanian devils along Woolnorth Road are increasing.
 
“Ten Tasmanian devils have recently been killed along Woolnorth Road in just five days. If this alarming information about one of our most iconic threatened species doesn’t qualify for urgent government intervention, then what does? 
 

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Greens announce billionaires tax to fund schools, dental, and jobs for all

The Greens will today announce key election policies, including a ‘billionaires tax’ to help fund genuinely free public schools, dental into Medicare and a job for everyone who wants one. 

With the party considering an election in November of this year still a possibility and a minority parliament the most likely outcome, Mr Bandt will push for a tax on billionaires & corporate super profits as part of dealings with a future shared power government.

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Coalition set to hurt farmers with inability to plan for climate change

Today’s comments from Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud, that he is open to adopting net zero emissions by 2050 but wants to see concrete plans before signing up to the pledge begs the question: what has he been doing for the last four years?

Greens spokesperson for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Peter Whish-Wilson, said evidence of climate change impacts on farming is hardly new information and you’d be forgiven for thinking setting climate targets for 30 years’ time is a joke.

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Urgent review of lethal shark net measures needed

An alarming new report showing a drastic decline in shark and ray populations is yet another reason shark nets and lethal drum lines must be removed from Australia’s beaches and oceans.
 
Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Whish-Wilson, said action was needed urgently.
 
“Fixed-drum lines and mesh-nets are designed to entangle and kill sharks but are also indiscriminate killers and weapons of mass destruction to protected marine life.
 

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Federal bill must take include plastics, take the lead from the ACT

The Government's recycling and waste bill is set for the Senate today where the Greens will raise amendments to ban single-use plastics and make packaging targets mandatory.

Senator Whish-Wilson and newly elected ACT Greens MLA Jo Clay joined volunteers for a clean-up beside Lake Burley Griffin on the way to Parliament House.

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Assange Motion passes with cross-party support

A Greens motion to highlight the plight of Julian Assange has passed the Senate, with support from Labor and the crossbench. Senator Jacqui Lambie voted against the motion along with Government senators.

Greens member of the Parliamentary Friends of the Bring Julian Assange Home Group, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, moved the motion to highlight Julian Assange's contribution to journalism, and acknowledge the undue treatment he has faced.

“Today’s vote on this motion gives me hope. This parliament has come a long way on the Assange extradition issue in recent months.

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