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Changes to food labelling laws needed to allow Australians to support their producers

The Australian Greens today have called on Labor and the Coalition to support changes to food labelling laws in the wake of concerns Simplot could close facilities in both Tasmania and NSW due to falling profits.

"We know consumers want to support Australian farmers and producers but the current food labelling rules are just too confusing," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, spokesperson for trade and competition policy.

"A vital step the old parties can take to support our producers and food industry is to back a Greens Bill to change food labelling laws.

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No Excuse for Seal Slaughter in Tasmania

The Australian Greens Spokesperson on Tasmanian Marine Issues and Tourism, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today expressed sadness and outrage at the latest incident apparently involving the illegal slaughter of protected New Zealand fur seals in Tasmania.

"As a surfer and passionate advocate of Tasmania's wild coasts and oceans I was both sad and outraged at this news," Senator Whish-Wilson said.

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Disappointing Federal Budget Fails Tasmania

Tasmanians have been left feeling disappointed and excluded from last night's federal budget, the Australian Greens said today.

"Labor has let Tasmanians down with a budget that slashes university funding and renewable energy investment and fails to care for single parents and the unemployed," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"This budget misses opportunities to fund research and innovation, support small businesses, strengthen the agriculture sector or invest in Hobart light rail.

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Christine Milne and Peter Whish-Wilson press conference

 

Christine Milne and Peter Whish-Wilson commented on the Labor party and urged the Prime Minister to replace Martin Ferguson with an energy minister committed to renewable energy, and called on Tony Abbott to clarify his position on the renewable energy target. Peter Whish-Wilson also called on Federal, State and Territory governments to commit to a national container deposit scheme.

 

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Greens serious about solutions to Bass Strait Freight

Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has welcomed the statement from the Metropolitan Councils Group (MCG) on Bass Strait being incorporated into the National Highway.

"I note that MCG have called on the Australian Government to give this matter urgent and comprehensive consideration - this is exactly what the Australian Greens are doing through the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO)," Senator Whish-Wilson said.

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Liberals Northern Exposure Leaves Tasmania Out in the Cold

The Australian Greens have challenged the Federal Liberal Party to detail its plans to grow the Tasmanian economy following the leaking of their proposal for a Northern Australian economic zone.

Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated it was becoming increasing clear the Liberals hadn’t given any serious consideration to the issues facing the State’s economy.

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Australian Greens Announce Tasmanian Senate Ticket

 

Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania Peter Whish-Wilson today announced the Party’s Senate ticket for the September 14 election.

 “I’m really pleased to be announcing health professional Helen Burnet, who has been a Hobart Alderman for the past seven years, as number two on the ticket, and

Penelope Ann, who brings experience from the arts, tourism and small business, as number three.

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