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Statement on the retirement of Tasmanian Greens Leader, Kim Booth

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson comments on the retirement of Tasmanian Greens Leader Kim Booth MP.


“Today the Greens and the Tasmanian people have seen another true and tireless champion of the environment and integrity in Government retire from parliamentary life.


“Today’s retirement is leadership by example, demonstrating to all parties and the Tasmanian people the need for political renewal and rejuvenation in our parliament.


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Visionless budget fails to deliver for Tasmania

Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the 2015-16 Federal Budget.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This budget has put off a number of major strategic decisions that urgently need to be made to secure Tasmania’s future. It has failed to provide any vision for Tasmania and leaves key sectors of our economy underfunded.

“The Government has failed to provide certainty for the University of Tasmania, including staff and students, by retaining its commitment to fee deregulation now scheduled to start on the 1st of January, 2016.

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Statement on the resignation of Senator Christine Milne

The Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following statement on the resignation of Greens Leader and Tasmanian Senator Christine Milne.

“In 2012, I was inspired to put myself forward for the Greens senate vacancy after running with Christine Milne on the 2010 Senate ticket.

“In the last five years she has been a great leader, friend and mentor for me.

“I feel privileged to have spent the last three years learning from her in the Senate.

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University deregulation puts northern campuses at risk

Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson is calling on the Government to abandon its plans for university deregulation to prevent further distress and uncertainty for Tasmania’s students.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Today, the University of Tasmania Vice Chancellor Peter Rathjen, made it perfectly clear that under the Government’s deregulation policy, that without significant special assistance, the University would need to look at closing their Burnie and Launceston campuses.

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Senate votes to initiate historic Inquiry into Regional Capitals in Australia

The Greens Senator for Tasmania, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson today was successful in securing a Senate Inquiry into regional capitals in Australia.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “In this parliament we spend a lot of time developing policy for big cities and quite a bit of time on rural policies, especially relating to agriculture, but we spend no time at all on the special needs of the unique middle-sized cities dotted around our country.

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Greens back “The Tasmanian Opportunity”

Today, the Tasmanian Greens Leader, Kim Booth MP, and Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, welcomed efforts from the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce in continuing the public discussion about the opportunities that would flow from processing refugees in Tasmania, rather than in expensive and cruel off-shore processing facilities.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Tasmanian Opportunity is a clarion call for rational policy making in this highly politicised space.

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Liberals must back down on plans to send Tasmanian Medicare jobs offshore

Today, Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, stood with the CPSU to support their campaign to stop the Liberal government privatising the Medicare payment processing service in Hobart.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Before last year’s Federal election, the Liberals promised a Tasmanian Jobs strategy, but all they have delivered is the export of jobs from the state.

“The Liberals have cut local jobs from the CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division, and they have shed jobs from the Launceston ATO.

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Greens statement to members on the death of Jeremy Ball

Christine Milne 16 Sep 2014

Dear friends,

It's with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of a valued colleague, friend and long-term Green: Jeremy Ball.

Jeremy was tragically killed in an accident with the log-truck at Carrick that has been reported in the media over the past 24 hours.

Jeremy was a long-term member and then after 2011 a supporter of the Greens, becoming active when he returned to Launceston in 2002 after years of working and living abroad.

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Hypocritical Hockey should stop making ASIC his scapegoat and bring on CBA royal commission

Media reports of the Treasurer's party room attack yesterday on ASIC over the CBA scandal are the height of hypocrisy given the Government both removed $120 million of funding from ASIC in the May budget and are reluctant to bring on the royal commission into CBA behaviour recommended by a Senate inquiry.

"At the same time as the Government is cutting ASIC's budget, the Treasurer has the audacity to call for them to be a stronger regulator," said Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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