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Healthy Oceans Policy

Australians love their coastlines and oceans. From sightseeing to surfing, from fishing to sailing, the marine environment is a big part of our lives and our identity.

But our oceans are under serious threat. Global crises such as climate change and plastic pollution are compounding the local impact of overfishing and oil and gas exploration. We must act if we are to protect the two-thirds of the planet covered in water.

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Australian Greens ready for the climate change election

Australian Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale has welcomed the official start of the election campaign, declaring that the party has never been better equipped to offer a progressive alternative to the old parties. 
 
“We’re ready. On May 18, we’ll give the Australian people a genuine alternative to the old parties, one that offers a positive plan for Australia that will create a better future for all of us,” Sen. Di Natale said.
 

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Greens urge Federal Government to stay out of Great Barrier Reef shark control

Greens Healthy Oceans spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has urged the Federal Government not to intervene in Queensland’s Shark Control Program after the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ordered an end to lethal shark culling in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “I urge the Federal Environment Minister to put our oceans first and listen to the scientific evidence that killing sharks does not make oceangoers safe.

 

“Lethal methods of killing sharks only provide a false sense of security.”

 

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Federal Budget a cynical mess: Greens

This budget is a cynical attempt to buy votes instead of planning for the nation’s looming challenges. What we needed was a plan to tackle the climate emergency through a real investment in renewables and a managed transition away from coal and other fossil fuels. What we needed was a plan to tackle growing inequality and to fund our essential services. Instead Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg have stuck their heads in the sand and delivered a few election bribes.

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Lethal shark culling to end in Great Barrier Reef

Healthy Oceans spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today praised the order from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal which will see an end to Queensland's shameful lethal shark culling in the World Heritage-Listed Great Barrier Reef.

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Lethal shark measures are indiscriminate killers and weapons of mass destruction to protected marine life.

 

"This is a massive win for our Great Barrier Reef and for healthy oceans."

 

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$324 billion reasons the PRRT is a joke

Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today commented on new tax statistics released by the ATO revealing tax credits to oil and gas giants have ballooned to $324 billion. 

 

"The PRRT is the most egregious rort in the Australian tax code.

 

"The failure of successive Liberal and Labor governments to address this problem has resulted in oil and gas companies accumulating a whopping $324 billion worth of tax offsets.

 

"This equates to around 70% of the Commonwealth Government’s total revenue.

 

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Greens urge Labor to go further on waste plan

Waste & Recycling spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today welcomed Labor’s new commitment to tackling Australia’s waste crisis but urged them to go further. 

“After more than 10 years of gathering dust under successive Labor and Liberal Governments, the Greens welcome Labor’s new commitment to kickstarting parts of the 2009 National Waste Plan.

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Defence projects of concern management creates its own concern

Greens Defence spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, commented on the release of the Auditor-General’s report into Defence’s Management of its Projects of Concern.

 

"The Auditor-General’s finding that Defence no longer has an appropriate framework to manage projects of concern comes as no surprise.

 

"Defence is basically given a blank cheque.

 

"For example, the White Paper lists the cost of 12 new submarines at simply ">$50bn".

 

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Immediate action required for King Island Brown Thornbill

Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, has welcomed the Australian National University’s recent discovery of the critically endangered King Island brown thornbill and called for immediate action from the Federal Government. 

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Finally some good news for Australian wildlife and particularly for King Island, home to two of the top five bird species most likely to become extinct.

 

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Australia must stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia

Australian Greens Defence spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, commented today on the US Senate’s call for an end to US support for the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen.

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "The US Senate has taken decisive action in calling for the withdrawal of US support for the Saudi-led coalition by invoking the War Powers Act for the first time in US history.

 

"The world’s worst humanitarian disaster is unfolding in Yemen. This disaster is primarily the result of the military campaign led by Saudi Arabia.

 

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