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Federal intervention needed to tackle feral deer in lutruwita/Tasmania

It is an indictment on the Tasmanian Government that the state's natural environmental values, agricultural productivity, and cultural heritage have been so badly impacted by feral deer mismanagement. 

In a balance of power situation after the federal election, the Greens will push for federal intervention to fix the critical threat of feral deer on lutruwita/Tasmania’s biodiversity and cultural heritage.

Quotes attributable to Greens senator for lutruwita/Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson: 

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Greens to preference Labor to kick Morrison out

Adam Bandt 30 Apr 2022

Greens Leader Adam Bandt announced today that the Greens would preference Labor ahead of the Liberals across the country. Greens Local and State branches finalised preference recommendations for how-to-vote cards this week ahead of early voting polling booths opening on May 9.

Greens how-to-vote cards, that recommend preferences, will recommend a preference for Labor above the Coalition and place other right wing parties last. The Greens will also recommend a preference for climate independents in key Liberal held seats.

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Greens warn PM not to greenwash hydrogen hub

The Greens have called on the PM to rule out the use of fossil fuels in producing hydrogen at the proposed Bell Bay Hydrogen hub. 

Clean hydrogen is not green hydrogen. Clean hydrogen uses fossil fuel electricity with a series of questionable offsets along the supply chain.

Quotes attributable to Greens Senator for lutruwita/Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson:

“The PM today needs to directly answer some simple questions:

“Will the power agreements with users of the hub (Origin Energy) use any fossil fuels for electricity production? 

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Free Assange now

The Greens have called on the Morrison Government and Labor to show leadership on stopping the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States to face espionage charges.

Quotes attributable to Greens senator for lutruwita/Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson: 

“The Espionage Act wasn’t intended to be used against publishers. We must support press freedoms and those who hold the powerful to account. 

“Julian Assange’s prosecution has always been political. It needs political intervention of the highest order from our government to get justice for him.

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Forestry sector needs reform, not expansion

The Greens have called for an end to native forest logging in addition to plantation forestry reform following the Morrison Government’s announcement today about increasing its self-reliance on wood supply. 

Quotes attributable to Greens Senator for lutruwita/Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson:

“It’s no surprise that the Liberal Party is announcing another taxpayer-subsidised lifeline to support the loss-making forestry industry in Tasmania prior to an election.

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takayna/Tarkine blockade bust condemned

The Greens have condemned this morning's intense operation to remove peaceful protesters from defending the ancient forests in takayna/Tarkine from being flattened for a proposed toxic tailings dam. 

Quotes attributable to Greens senator for lutruwita/Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson: 

“This smacks of cynical politics – it looks to me like another attempt to inflame a long-standing environmental battle in takayna/Tarkine by the Government  for its own self-interest. 

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Fossil fuel project threatens King Island

Fossil fuel corporation 3D Oil has been exposed divulging to investors that it will commence drilling for its next cash bonanza off the coast of King Island next year. 

Managing Director of 3D Oil Noel Newell told investors “We are planning to drill in 2023 with Conoco [Phillips].”

The permit - T/49P - covers an area of 4,960 km2 in water depths of less than 100m. 

Quotes attributable to Greens Senator for lutruwita/Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson: 

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Greens ready to fight for the future in lutruwita/Tasmania

The Greens welcome the federal election finally being called for Saturday 21 May 2022. 

The Greens’ federal election candidates for lutruwita/Tasmania have remained united and ready for the official federal election campaign call since their candidacy was first announced in September 2021.

The Greens federal election candidates for lutruwita/Tasmania are: 

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A real plan for Tasmanian women

 

This election is a real chance to deliver for Tasmanian women, with the Greens in the balance of power to push the next government to go further on preventing violence, fixing the gender pay gap, and improving paid parental leave.

Lines attributable to Greens Senator for Tasmania Peter Whish-Wilson:

“Women’s equality is not just women’s work.”

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Urgent government action needed to fix Tasmanian rental affordability

The release of the April edition of CoreLogic's Quarterly Rental Review report is yet another indication that government must take urgent action to tackle rental affordability. 

The report shows Hobart's rents have increased by another 8.7% in the last 12 months. Disturbingly it also shows the cost to rent a house in the state capital has grown by 55.9% in the last 10 years, with the median rental rate now at $547 a week. 

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