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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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Buildings but no scientists: Turnbull must commit to re-funding Antarctic CRC

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has called on Malcolm Turnbull to overturn the Abbott-era policy changes that are preventing the Hobart-based Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem Cooperative Research Centre from reapplying for funding.

“Senator Whish-Wilson said, “While I welcome any funding offers for STEM training and for an Antarctic precinct, it is all for nothing if the Government keeps cutting science jobs in Hobart.

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Speech in praise of climate scientists and meteorologists

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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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CSIRO cuts Senate Report: Australia must value the work of our climate scientists

Chair of the Senate Select Committee into the Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures and Greens Senator for Tasmania, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the release of the Senate Inquiry Report into the CSIRO budget cuts.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “What is clear from this entire debacle is that both the Australian Government and the CSIRO management has at no stage placed any value on the work being done by the CSIRO climate scientists.

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Last minute to midnight resolution for CSIRO climate scientists still equals cuts and uncertainty

Chairman of the Senate Select Committee into the Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures, and Greens Senator for Tasmania, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, offers the following comments on today's Senate Hearing.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Today we finally have a small sense of clarity about the final numbers of CSIRO environmental and climate scientists that will lose their jobs as a result of the cuts put in place by the Liberal Government.

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CSIRO management to be grilled on final job cuts

Greens Senator for Tasmania and Chair of the Senate Select Committee into the Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, will use tomorrow’s hearing into CSIRO cuts to get to the bottom of the supposed final job loss numbers announced today.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Today’s announcement sounds like the Government has merely softened the blow for devastating job losses across the climate and environmental science functions within the CSIRO. The majority of the planned job losses will still go ahead.

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Liberals crush Tasmania’s economic advantage in climate and Antarctic science

Greens spokesperson for Antarctic issues Senator Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on the reported CSIRO job cuts:

“I am devastated to hear of the hundreds of jobs to be lost across CSIRO especially those 110 supposedly to be lost from the Oceans and Atmosphere division.

“The flagship for the Oceans and Atmosphere division is located in Battery Point, Hobart and is a critical component of Tasmania’s Antarctic and climate sector.

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