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Greens to invest in Antarctic Science. It's time to remove the world’s blindfold as we face climate change

Greens spokesperson for Antarctica, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has today released the most comprehensive Antarctic science funding package ever put forward by a political party.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The work of Australia’s Antarctic scientists is pivotal in understand the risk of climate change. Nothing shows this more than the recent discovery that the East Antarctic ice-sheet giant isn’t as stable as we thought and is now starting to collapse. This alone could potentially add several metres to catastrophic sea-level rise.

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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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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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Senate supports Greens' amendments about unfair contract provisions for small businesses

Today the Senate supported (34 in favour, 25 against) the Australian Greens amendments to the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015. The Bill seeks to introduce protection for unfair terms in standard form contracts for businesses with less than 20 employees.

Greens spokesperson for Small Business, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said, “The Greens moved amendments to increase the threshold for coverage from $100,000 to $300,000 for contracts up to 12 months long; and $300,000 to $1 million for contracts greater than 12 months.

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Abbott crabwalks away from ‘effects test’

Greens spokesperson for Finance, Small Business and Competition Policy expresses his disappointment at Prime Minister Abbott’s indication today that he is crab-walking away from introducing an ‘effects test’

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This morning it was splashed across our TV screens and newspapers that Small Business Minister Bruce Billson was introducing an ‘effects test’ to Cabinet today and that although there were divisions it was going to pass.

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Greens will support proper ‘Effect Tests’ to rein in Supermarket Duopoly

Greens spokesperson for Competition Policy, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says if the Government is willing to bring on legislation for a real “Effects Test” to rein in the powers of the supermarket duopoly then the Greens are willing to look at it.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Greens had the strongest competition policies of all the parties at the last Federal election including an effects test. (Link here)

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Greens motion for Royal Commission into misconduct in the financial services sector rejected by Senate

Today the Senate voted against the motion lodged by Greens Finance spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, calling on the government to establish a Royal Commission into misconduct within the financial services sector.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “It has taken one Senate Inquiry into ASIC, many brave whistle-blowers and some dogged investigative reporting by Fairfax newspapers to reveal systemic abuses and misconduct within the financial services sector.

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Small business package puts back what the Government took away

The Greens spokesperson for Small Business, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, welcomes the Government’s attempts to put back into this budget, what they themselves took away in the last.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “If you weren’t cynical about politics before this budget, then surely you will be now.

“Last year the Liberals axed $5.4 billion in small business support including company loss carry-back and accelerated vehicle depreciation, and they reduced the instant asset write-off threshold from $6,500 to $1,000.

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