Protecting Ocean Science Jobs

Protecting Ocean Science Jobs

Protecting Ocean Science Jobs

Australia is at the forefront of cutting-edge science for studying its oceans and ecosystems. If we’re going to solve the climate crisis and protect our oceans — protecting science jobs should be one of our highest priorities. 

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Work:

Pete has fought hard over many years to protect the jobs and research capacity we have in Tasmania and Australia in climate science and Southern Ocean science. He headed the Senate Select Committee inquiry into job cuts at CSIRO and is campaigning now for continuity in climate funding which will give certainty to Tasmania’s world-renowned science community and position as Australia’s Antarctic gateway.

Wins:

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Successfully worked with Labor as chair of the Senate Select Committee to have CSIRO climate science job cuts reversed.

Wants:

Long-term funding continuity in Southern Ocean, climate and Antarctic science funding, including the full implementation of the Clarke Report recommendations.

Warming Oceans

Warming Oceans

Warming Oceans

Pete has spent years inquiring into, raising awareness of and campaigning against the catastrophic impacts of global warming on marine ecosystems around Australia, indeed the globe.

Pete recently delivered an impassioned speech in the Senate regarding the death of our oceans. The speech went viral and was reported on by a number of international news agencies.

Pete has been outspoken in demanding that UNESCO must consider climate change impacts when assessing the status of the world’s coral reefs, including the Great Barrier Reef.

He has been especially active in talking to Tasmanian communities about the loss of their giant kelp forests, the decline of commercial and recreational fisheries from warming oceans and the impact of invasive long-spined sea urchins (Centrostephanus rodgersii) off Tasmania’s reefs.

 

Wins:

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Initiated and chaired a landmark Senate inquiry into the impacts of warming oceans on marine ecosystems and the importance of Southern Ocean Science.

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Chaired Senate inquiry into the $444m grant to the private Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Wants:

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For the Federal Government and big business to act now to address ocean warming by limiting carbon emissions.

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A review of all environment and natural resource legislation to account for climate change, to look to incorporate a greenhouse trigger in the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, and to take steps towards the establishment of an independent National Oceans Commissioner.

To regularly review the network of existing marine reserves in light of the impacts of climate change, look to increase the no-take zones to build further climate resilience, and explicitly include climate targets within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority 2050 plan.