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Federal Government repeats the mistakes of Macquarie Harbour by green-lighting Okehampton Bay salmon farm

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on the green-lighting of the Tassal salmon farm at Okehampton Bay.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "I'm bitterly disappointed, but not surprised, that the federal Liberal Government has chosen to stand by Will Hodgman in an election year, and refused to do a full environmental feasibility study on the the Tassal Okehampton Bay expansion.

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HILDA figures show Situation Normal All Fouled Up for young Australians

The Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the release of HILDAs The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “These survey findings won’t be a surprise for young people but they should be a wake-up call for the Government.

“These figures are catastrophic. No matter how hard young people are working or how much time they are putting into study, the ability of a young person to own their own home is slipping away.

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Turnbull Government's attempts to gut ocean protections will face a fight in the Senate and at the next election

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, has the following comments on the release of the Turnbull Government's new draft marine park plans:

"Today Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg released draft maps showing protections for coral reefs and critical ecosystems will be gutted around Australia.

If the Turnbull Government wants to pick a fight with Australians who love our oceans then they will get one as any attempt to gut ocean protections will face a disallowance in the Senate.

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Labor and Liberal vote down Senate motion on Okehampton Bay

Greens spokesperson for Health Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson expresses his disappointment that both Labor and Liberal voted in the Senate to support the Okehampton fish farm expansion on Tasmania's east coast, and refused to recognise their record of poor regulation and mismanagement of this important industry.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Today Labor and Liberal showed their hand and put on record their support for the unpopular fish farm expansion at Okehampton Bay.

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Japan’s moves to resume commercial whaling shows up ‘scientific whaling’ as sham

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has lashed out at moves in the Japanese Parliament to help Japan resume commercial whaling and calls upon Malcolm Turnbull to condemn the moves.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “For years and years Japan has conducted whaling on Australia’s doorstep in the Southern Ocean under the guise of scientific research but these moves in the Japanese Parliament to reinstate commercial whaling show that ‘scientific whaling’ is just a sham.

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Greens caution Government on locking in bank levy rate

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on reports that the Government plans to lock in a six basis point levy into legislation.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Locking the levy in at six basis points means potentially locking in a revenue shortfall, money much needed for schools and hospitals in this country.

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Government must put a floor under the bank levy

The Australian Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today called on the government to guarantee that the bank levy will meet budgeted forecasts for revenue.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The big four banks have all been briefed on the bank levy and have all estimated that it will bring in less than what the government has budgeted for.

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Labor wants to give Bank CEOs more platforms to delay levy and cry poor

Greens Banking spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says while the Greens will support any inquiry to the specific bank levy legislation, we won’t support a full references Inquiry without seeing the terms of reference.

Senator Whish-Wilson, “It hasn’t taken long for Bill Shorten and Anna Bligh to team up and tag team against the bank levy proposal.

“Let’s make it very clear, based on this government's past form, if these banks don’t pay this levy then it will be the poorest Australians who will have to make up the difference.

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