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WWF dire plastic pollution predictions could be avoided

Greens spokesperson for Waste & Recycling and Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says dire predictions from WWF that plastic pollution is set to double by 2030 could be avoided with federal legislation.

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Australia’s recycling industry is in crisis and plastic pollution is choking our oceans. 

 

"Enacting federal legislation with real teeth and achievable recycling and packaging targets will provide a national framework for local councils and state governments to enforce.

 

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Greens release Bill that will clean-up Australia every day

Greens spokesperson for Waste & Recycling and Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, and the Environment spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, today released the exposure draft of a Bill that bans single-use plastics, helps tackle our current waste and recycling crisis, and reduces the toxic plastic pollution that is choking our oceans.

The Product Stewardship Amendment (Packaging and Certain Plastics) Bill 2019 will establish a mandatory product stewardship scheme that:

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Greens welcome report confirming container deposit scheme benefits

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "The evidence is out there that container deposit schemes are crucial to a healthy recycling system, and would help end Australia’s recycling crisis, but still both the Victorian and Tasmanian Governments remain opposed to them.

 

"Container deposit schemes are a massive benefit that would reduce the plastic pollution that is choking our oceans, improve recycling, create jobs and return money to individuals and community groups.

 

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First climate change link to krill and whale populations

Greens Healthy Oceans spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said the findings of a CSIRO-led study, linking climate change to the abundance of krill in the Southern Hemisphere, are a gloomy reminder of the harsh impacts of climate change.

 

“Our oceans are facing their greatest threat in history from climate change, plastic pollution and overfishing.

 

“Our oceans are warming at a rate never before seen, up to 90 per cent of global fisheries are either overfished or fully exploited, and there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050.

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Greens plan to invest in non-lethal shark mitigation measures

Greens Healthy Oceans spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has today announced a plan to invest in new technologies that can help reduce the risk of shark encounters without further damaging the marine environment.  

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Greens have a plan to manage the risk of shark encounters and strike the right balance, in both public debate and policy, between the role of government and personal responsibility.

“One of the reasons that governments are not making good policy is due to a lack of knowledge about sharks in Australian waters.

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Federal Government's inaction on recycling, a waste of time

Greens Waste & Recycling spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says urgent federal action is needed to end Australia’s recycling crisis and stop recycling going to landfill in Victoria.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Several years ago China announced it would stop taking Australia’s low-quality waste and the waste industry accepted it faced a major national crisis.

"Major stakeholders across the waste industry called for urgent action, immediate funding and Federal Government leadership, if this crisis was to be avoided.

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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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