Senator for Tasmania
Peter Whish-Wilson has been a senator for Tasmania since 2012. His Australian Greens portfolios include Healthy Oceans, Waste & Recycling, Treasury, Small Business and Consumer Affairs.
As a lifelong passionate surfer, Pete has developed a deep and abiding passion for the ocean. He has been vigorous in his opposition to whaling and illegal fishing, the environmental damage from super-trawlers and salmon farms, and the impacts of plastics and micro-plastics on marine life.
He has worked hard to protect Tasmania’s precious places including drawing attention to the damage being done to ancient Aboriginal heritage sites in takayna/ Tarkine.
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We Need to Clean Up Our Oceans
For years Australians have diligently sorted recycling into the yellow-lid bin. This has stopped millions of tonnes of waste from going to landfill and helped build an industry that employs 50,000 people across the country. But thanks to government neglect and lobbying by the packaging industry Australia’s recycling industry is in crisis and plastic pollution is rapidly choking our oceans.
In 2012 Pete was the first senator to raise the scourge of plastic pollution choking our oceans in the Australian Parliament. He has since led the charge in parliament by establishing two landmark Senate inquiries into the recycling crisis and marine plastic pollution. Through this work in the Senate and through his on-the-ground campaigning, Pete has helped focus attention on the need for industry to be held to account for these twin problems.
Read more on our Plastic Pollution page.
We respectfully acknowledge the palawa people as the Traditional Owners and ongoing custodians of lutruwita/Tasmania, pay tribute to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and give respect to the Elders past, present and emerging.
Authorised by P. Whish-Wilson, The Australian Greens, 37 George St, Launceston Tas 7250.