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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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Greens Senate Inquiry into the exposure of Australians’ investments to the carbon bubble

The Australian Greens have today established a Senate Inquiry into how transparently companies report their investments in fossil fuels and thus their exposure to the carbon bubble.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Climate Change Spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said, "Australians need to know where their money is invested."

"Companies make it hard work to find out whether your superannuation and savings are helping to address global warming, or are actually making the problem worse.

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RET vote means Tasmania loses three times over

Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says that Tasmania will now lose three times over because of the passage of the Liberal’s legislation to gut the Renewable Energy Target (RET).

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Liberals have done a deal to cut the overall Renewable Energy Target. They have also done side-deals with the cross-bench to include the burning of native forest biomass within the target and to place ridiculous restrictions on the development of wind energy.

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Government shouldn’t turn a blind eye to West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse

Today in the Environment and Communications Senate Estimates hearing, the Greens Senator for Tasmania Peter Whish-Wilson questioned the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) about the latest research into the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Today the AAD elaborated on the concerns about the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet due to climate change.

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Greens Remain Committed to Fuel Reduction Burns, Call for Additional Resourcing

 

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has just returned from Bicheno, East Coast Tasmania where he met with and listened to fire-impacted communities, businesses and experts on community fire protection.

“The success of recent selective Tasmanian Parks &Wildlife Service fuel reduction burns, which helped save Tasmania’s magnificent Freycinet Peninsula and Coles Bay from catastrophe in last week’s Tasmanian East Coast bush fires, shows what can be achieved with appropriate resourcing and fire management strategies.

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Wind Farm Points the Way to Jobs for the Future

 

The Australian Greens have cautiously welcomed Hydro Tasmania’s announcement it plans to build a 200 turbine wind farm on King Island off the North West Coast of Tasmania.

 

Greens Leader Christine Milne said, “Tasmania has such a bright future if we embrace the clean, smart, jobs-rich industries like renewable energy that the Greens have been working to support.

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An historic day in the Senate

Dear friend,

What an historic day it has been today in the Australian Senate.

The last parliamentary sitting week before the midwinter break has seen your Greens team continue to achieve great outcomes for all Australians who want a cleaner, healthier, smarter and fairer society.

A short time ago I walked into the Senate to vote into law Australia's biggest ever public investment in clean and renewable energy - and one of the great achievements of the Greens in this parliament in building a clean energy economy.

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