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Farewell and thank you to Sea Shepherd's MY Steve Irwin

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The slippery slope of Marine Park destruction

The Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has highlighted the NSW Government’s decision to remove protections from the Sydney Marine Park as evidence that recent federal government marine park downgrades have started a stampede for states to cut marine protections.
“This slippery slope for our oceans stems from the federal liberal government gutting federal marine protected areas, supporting the interests of a few big fishing and big oil companies over good science and sustainable environmental outcomes.

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Talking whaling in Japan

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Greens seek Senate Inquiry into Tasmania's fish farms

The Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Whish-Wilson, has put forward a motion in the Senate to establish an Inquiry into the sustainability, impacts and regulation of Tasmania's fish farms.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "The leaked reports and emails about the de-oxygenation of Macquarie Harbour was a wake-up call about the potential impacts of this industry on marine ecosystems and raises questions on the future sustainability of fish farming in Tasmania.

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Pulp Mill fiction as Liberals abandon education promise

"It's disappointing that Mr Nikolic wasted a day spruiking the divisive Tamar Valley pulp mill proposal with Mr Briggs instead of explaining why they've broken their promise to deliver on education reform. Investment in education is critical for the future of all Tasmanians and the parents and school children of Bass deserve better from their local representative.

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Greens question new Government’s commitment to keeping Super Trawlers out

Following an article in The Australian newspaper today the Greens Marine Tasmania spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson questioned the Coalition's commitment to allowing the expert panel - set up to provide advice on the scientific uncertainty of a super trawler's impact on fish stocks - to finish its work.

Senator Whish-Wilson also asked what action the new Government would take if a Federal Court judgement declared the current 2 year Super Trawler ban invalid.

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Burke Warned: Public Will Not Tolerate Fishy Business Around Super-Trawler Ban.

The Australian Greens have today called on Environment Minister Burke to honour his commitment to declare a two-year ban on the super trawler.

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said Tasmanian fishers and those who care about the environment wanted him to remind Minister Burke of the personal undertaking he had made to stop the super trawler because significant risks remain unassessed.

"We're calling on the Minister to keep his promise of a two-year ban and ensure the super trawler will not be able to operate off our coastline.

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