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Rudd needs to reverse UTAS cuts to complete the job in Tasmania

Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has today welcomed reports of Kevin Rudd's support for the much needed allied health and sport precinct of excellence at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) in Launceston but called on the Prime Minister to reverse Labor's university cuts that would erase any long-term jobs benefits.

"An allied health and sport precinct of excellence at UTAS has huge potential for Launceston and the Greens have been involved in and supported discussions to make it happen," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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GREENS LAUNCH TASMANIAN CAMPAIGN THAT CARES FOR PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT WHILE DELIVERING JOBS AND INVESTMENT

Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson today announced that the Greens' costed election platform would deliver Tasmania more than 2,000 new jobs and over $700 million in investment.

"This election it's the Greens who have the policies to preserve the beauty of our island home, drive the transition to a sustainable, knowledge-based economy and focus on a caring society," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson at the launch of the Greens' Tasmanian 2013 Federal Campaign.

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More Abbott job promises cover up risks to Tasmanian economy from Coalition policies

Today Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson responded to more jobs promises from Tony Abbott by calling on him to come clean on what the Coalition plans really mean for Tasmania.

"He's apparently here to talk about 'jobs, jobs, jobs' but what he is covering up are Coalition plans that would be a post-election wrecking ball to jobs and wealth in Tasmania," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

"How many Tasmanian public servants will lose their jobs under an Abbott government?

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PBO costing shows size of freight challenge for Tasmania – and the need to work together rather than electioneering

Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson today released figures he requested from the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) in relation to the National Sea Highway concept - expanding the current Freight Equalisation Scheme (FES) in Tasmania to all goods including consumer goods, bulk freight, imports, and goods intended for exports all currently not covered by the FES.

"Tasmania's geographic isolation is its blessing and curse," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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Greens initiative to boost shark research with central role for Hobart

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, spokesperson on Tasmanian marine issues, said today that the Australian Greens initiative to identify the threats facing Australia's shark population will boost funding for a national effort in which Hobart has a central role and that increased shark research and monitoring would play a part in increasing public safety.

"As a surfer I have a great respect for and fascination with sharks - they are amazing and often misunderstood creatures," Senator Whish-Wilson said.

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Greens polling shows majority of Tasmanians oppose Uni cuts that will slash UTAS jobs

Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has today released Tasmanian polling showing majority opposition to University cuts as the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) holds a National Day of Action calling for the reversal of $2.3B in funding cuts announced in April 2013.

"Labor's cuts to higher education funding, backed by Tony Abbott, put up to 150 jobs and $10 million per annum at risk in Tasmania," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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Greens dental plan will help over 43,000 families in Tasmania

Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said today that the Greens have a fully-costed plan to make it easier for every Australian to see a dentist.

"The Greens already delivered a down payment on Denticare and now we want to finish the job," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

"Oral health is important for overall health but unfortunately one in three Australians say they can't afford to see the dentist.

"The Greens believe that your health shouldn't be determined by your bank balance so we made dental reform a priority in this term of parliament.

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Rudd must come clean on risks to Tasmanian economy from Labor policies

Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said we are simply getting more of the same today from Labor and if Prime Minister Rudd had any integrity he should come clean to Tasmanians about the risks to the State economy from Labor policies on carbon pricing and University cuts.

"Jobs and vital revenues to our State from two of our key institutions - the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and Hydro Tasmania - are at risk under Kevin Rudd's policies," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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Abbott’s promises cover up risks to Tasmanian economy

Today Senator Peter Whish-Wilson responded to Tony Abbott's promises on jobs by calling on him to come clean on what the Coalition plans really mean for Tasmania.

"He's apparently here to talk about jobs but what he is covering up is a Coalition jobs and wealth destruction plan.

"How many Tasmanian public servants will lose their jobs under an Abbott government?

"If he scraps the Clean Energy Package, how will he replace the $70m per annum boost from Hydro Tasmania used to help pay for healthcare, education and policing in this state?

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