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Government and Labor turn their back on Tasmanian Communities

Tasmanian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson commented on the defeat in the senate today of a motion calling on the Treasurer to put additional conditions on the approval of the sale of VDL diary to Moon Lake.

“Our foreign investment laws aren’t worth the paper they are written on if the government can’t monitor, audit or enforce undertakings made by foreign purchases of agricultural land or iconic businesses.

“If any investor fails to meet undertakings given at purchase and these undertakings won’t be enforced by our government, our laws are failing the national interest.

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Dumping of naval vessel in Skeleton Bay still has a long way to go for environmental approvals

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Where is Federal Environment Minister in the Macquarie Harbour Mess?

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling on the federal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg, to break his silence on Macquarie Harbour and to publicly release the audit report sitting on his desk.

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said, “Is it too much to ask to have a federal Environment Minister who actually wants to protect the environment? There is ongoing damage to the World Heritage Area in Macquarie Harbour from overstocking of fish farms and the Minister has remained silent.

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Cuts to Newstart, renewables the first test for Labor's new Tasmanian MPs

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling on Labor’s new Tasmanian MPs Ross Hart, Brian Mitchell and Justine Keay to oppose the Liberal Omnibus Bill and stand up for Tasmania.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Liberals’ three northern MPs were in trouble the moment that Tony Abbott introduced his government’s anti-Tasmanian 2014 budget. If Andrew Nikolic, Brett Whiteley or Eric Hutchinson had listened to their electorates and spoken out against Abbott’s cruel and counter-productive budget cuts then they might have kept their seats.

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Federal Government needs to pitch in for Tasmania's water infrastructure needs

Greens spokesperson for Finance, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today called on Tasmanian Liberal Senators to provide federal assistance for TasWater’s infrastructure upgrade program.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “At a time when critical local infrastructure upgrades are needed, like those identified by TasWater, the federal government is proposing to cut payments to the states. The budget shows payments to the states are set to fall from $9 billion to $4 billion over the next four years.

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Malcolm Turnbull disappoints in Tasmania yet again

Launceston-based Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson makes the following comment on the Malcolm Turnbull visit to Launceston today.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “There was more money invested in Tasmania in the stage-management of a press event than there was in actual funding announcements for the Tasmanian community.

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Cape Grim will send a message to the world on climate change

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Cape Grim is the world's sentinel for measuring the atmosphere's carbon dioxide levels. When Cape Grim records 400 ppm it will mean that the entire planet's atmosphere will have passed a critical marker.

"Cape Grim has been measuring carbon dioxide levels for the last 40 years and is the only measurement station of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.

"This next week or two will be the last time in the life of every Tasmanian alive today where the carbon dioxide levels will be under this marker.

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Final Budget of Abbott-Turnbull government lays bare the economic policy failures for Tasmania

Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, says that last night’s Federal Budget is an admission of failure by the Liberals to deliver for Tasmania's economy.

“First the Government wound up their $6.5 million employment incentive aimed at attracting 2000 jobs; it ending up employing just 160 people.

“The Cadbury’s $15 million grant was a farce from beginning to end. A cent of the money has been yet to be spent despite the Government’s term effectively being over.

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Turnbull’s new tax plan is terrible for Tasmania

Greens Finance spokesperson and Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the Prime Minister’s latest thought bubble to pass income tax powers to the states.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Tasmania has the oldest and lowest-paid workforce in the nation. Our unemployment rate is the second highest in the country and our employment participation rate is the outright lowest. Combined with the lowest population growth in the country, this leaves Tasmania with a massive revenue burden that will only worsen in time.

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