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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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Government's bill a waste without plastics and packaging reform

Due for Senate debate this week, the Government's Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill has now been delayed until at least November. This allows more time for stakeholder and community input, as well as constructive cross-party negotiations on amendments to improve a once-in-a-generation opportunity for legislative reform that builds a circular economy and protects our oceans. 
 

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Meeting of Environment Ministers must review lethal shark measures

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson calls on the upcoming Meeting of Environment Ministers to review lethal shark mitigation measures as a priority agenda item. This comes at the end of a whale migration season that saw an unprecedented number of whales caught in shark nets and as a coalition of NGOs announces a full costing for Queensland to transition from lethal to non-lethal measures.
 

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Minister Ley must commit to a recovery plan as Maugean Skate risks extinction

A study released today by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies reveals a decline in numbers of endemic Tasmanian species the Maugean Skate due to worsening environmental conditions linked to human activities. This raises the alarm on its listing status and lack of conservation plan.

Tasmanian Senator Whish-Wilson, Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, today calls on Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley for a federally funded species recovery plan in light of this new information.

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Leave science to the scientists: Guy Barnett must release bushfire information

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has called on Tasmanian Minister for Resources Guy Barnett to not withhold critical information needed for bushfire research.

This data includes:

  • maps showing fire impacts
  • photo interpreted data
  • historical forest loss
  • forest change layer since logging commenced on public land in Tasmania

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "as Tasmania approaches bushfire season yet again, access to this information is critical.

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Greens announce new party room lineup to push for Green New Deal and compassionate pandemic recovery

Adam Bandt 9 Sep 2020

Leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt MP has announced the lineup of his new Greens team, following Lidia Thorpe's first Party Room Meeting as a Senator.

The reshuffle is the most significant since Adam Bandt MP was elected leader, reflecting new talent within Party Room and the rapidly shifting political context in the age of COVID-19.

Senator Lidia Thorpe now holds the First Nations, Justice and Sports portfolios, while the meeting also confirmed the creation of a new Anti-Racism portfolio to be held by Senator Mehreen Faruqi.

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