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Senate tables inquiry report on $444m grant to Great Barrier Reef Foundation

The Senate Environment & Communications References Committee inquiry report into the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Partnership Program was tabled today by the Chair of the inquiry, Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson. 

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "This was the Senate at its best, acting swiftly and working cooperatively to scrutinise, in full, government policy of significant public importance.

 

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Support for Legal Challenge to Japan's Taiji Dolphin Hunts

Greens Healthy Oceans spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has given support to Action for Dolphin's legal challenge to the world's largest dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan.  

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This legal challenge will focus the entire international community's attention on the cruel and inhumane mass slaughter of dolphins that happens too often in Taiji.

 

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Military Catalogue should not be on Saudi Arabia’s shopping list

Greens Defence spokesperson, Peter Whish-Wilson, has called on the Federal Government to declare that none of the defence equipment showcased in the 2019 Australian Military Sales Catalogue will be sold to Saudi Arabia.

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Last year, Minister Payne said all options were on the table in relation to halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia. But with no further word from the Government and the release of its Military Sales catalogue, it looks like the only option on the table is guns and tanks.

 

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Greens circulate amendments to Protecting Your Super Package Bill

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has circulated amendments to the Protecting Your Super Package Bill that is listed for debate in the Senate today, and that makes changes to the provision of group insurance through default super.

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "The Greens’ amendments retain group insurance as opt-out for default super.

 

"While there are many problems with the way life insurance is provided through super, the underlying principle of default super, including low-cost group insurance, is good public policy.

 

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Senate to start year by further deregulating the finance industry

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, commented on the likely passage through the Senate of Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 2) Bill 2018 which will expand the FinTech regulatory sandbox.

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “In the wake of the Royal Commission, it looks like the first piece of legislation the Senate will pass is one with the sole purpose of further deregulating the financial market.

 

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ASIC should investigate Banking Royal Commission leak

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, commented today on suspicions of insider trading on the morning of Monday 4 February 2019 based on a leak of the final report of the Hayne Royal Commission.

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "ASIC is best placed to investigate whether there was any illegal market activity.

 

"At Senate Estimates, in two weeks’ time, I will be asking ASIC about this issue.

 

"Unlike any internal investigation by Treasury, ASIC can and should be able to identify who made large volume trades on Monday morning.

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Banking Royal Commission report a small step towards the reform we deserve

Today’s disappointing final report into the banking and financial services industry will slow, but not end decades of money grabbing and unethical conduct, the Australian Greens have said today.

“The enthusiasm from the Liberal and Labor parties to accept these recommendations tells you all you need to know. The financial services industry is one of the biggest donors to both old parties, and they will all be laughing all the way to the bank tonight,” Leader of the Australian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale said.

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Little Penguin Advisory Group welcomed

Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, has welcomed plans for a long-overdue Penguin Advisory Group after the death of over 100 Little Penguins across Tasmania. 

Senator Whish-Wilson has long pushed for a Penguin Protection Taskforce in Tasmania, holding a forum in Penguin last year and writing to Premier Hodgman urging the State Government to establish a taskforce and fund important research and assessment.

“Little Penguins are facing a real threat of extinction in Tasmania and with five gruesome attacks in recent months, this taskforce is well overdue.

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