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Greg Hunt's wind stunt won't fool Tasmania

Senator Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on Greg Hunt’s visit to Robbins Island to talk up wind farm prospects.

“There have been very few Environment Ministers who have done more to damage Tasmania’s renewable investment opportunities than Greg Hunt.

“Minister Hunt oversaw the end of the carbon price, the gutting of the RET, twice voted to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and recently he cut $1 billion from the renewable energy fund ARENA.

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Malcolm Turnbull disappoints in Tasmania yet again

Launceston-based Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson makes the following comment on the Malcolm Turnbull visit to Launceston today.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “There was more money invested in Tasmania in the stage-management of a press event than there was in actual funding announcements for the Tasmanian community.

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Traders’ antics are no joke: we need a Royal Commission to get to the heart of the problem

The Australian Greens finance spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said today that the “ugly spectacle” of Westpac and ANZ traders joking about their apparent rigging of the bank bill swap rate (BBSR) strengthened the case for a Royal Commission in the financial services sector.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Trader’s antics are no joke. This sort of callous disregard for the harm being caused reflects a deeper cultural problem at the heart of the financial sector.

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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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RBA alumni exposes the Government’s negligence on infrastructure

The Australian Greens finance spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today welcomed the call by former Reserve Bank Governor, Warwick McKibbin, for an increase in infrastructure spending.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Government spending on public infrastructure is vital to the future of the Australian economy. The Greens recently released a ground-breaking  initiative to establish a Government-owned infrastructure bank and issue up to $75 billion of low interest debt to get money flowing and build the nation.

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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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