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.

Green Economics, Helping Small Business and Tax Reform

Green Economics, Helping Small Business and Tax Reform

Green Economics

Helping Small Business and Tax Reform

Work:

Pete currently holds the Treasury & Finance portfolios. He has worked for years highlighting why debt is not a dirty word, and why we need more infrastructure spending to secure a better future for workers and our communities. He has provided a model for a government-owned infrastructure bank to finance a Green New Deal.

He has worked for years with Christine Milne and Adam Bandt promoting tax reform and passing legislation cracking down on multinational tax avoidance. He has been a fierce advocate against austerity, dangerous deregulation and zombie budget cuts to the most vulnerable Australians.

Pete has also worked over many years with the Nationals and others to bring in revolutionary new competition laws that better protect small businesses from big businesses as well as promoting tax cuts for small business.

Wins:

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Helped establish a Senate inquiry into multinational tax avoidance.
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Led the fight in the Senate to pass the Multinational Anti-Avoidance Laws (MAAL) and improved scrutiny of the tax affairs of big businesses and wealthy Australians.
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Successfully campaigned to get a new  ‘effects test’ competition law passed through parliament.
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Small business tax cuts legislated in 2014.

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Fairer small business contract terms legislated.

Healthy Oceans Champion

Healthy Oceans Champion

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. 

Work:

Pete has led the charge in parliament to scrutinise and ban all new seismic testing in our oceans, has campaigned actively in the Fight For the Bight push to stop drilling in the Great Australian Bight, and has pushed for fisheries reform. He’s also fought for a proper set of marine parks based on science that will actually protect our oceans for future generations.

He was the first MP in the Australian parliament to oppose the introduction of industrial ‘super trawlers’ and led the parliamentary campaign to have them banned from Australia waters. Pete is also the only senator to scrutinise the Tasmanian salmon Industry and its appalling track record in damaging Tasmania’s marine environment and coastal communities. 

Pete has travelled the country to protect sharks and better understand shark mitigation measures and what needs to be done to both protect human life and marine life. Sharks are critical to healthy oceans. Many species are endangered and they must be protected.

Lastly, Pete has fought hard to protect the jobs and research capacity we have in Tasmania and Australia in climate science and Southern Ocean science. He chaired the 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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Led the federal parliamentary campaign to successfully ban industrial super trawlers from plundering our oceans and ecosystems.

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

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

N

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

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Senate inquiry into banning super trawlers successfully recommended banning super trawlers.

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Initiated and chaired the Senate inquiry into shark mitigation and deterrent measures which saw the Great White sharks protected status remain and successfully debunked a number of myths about shark behaviour in Australia.

Wants:

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An end to all shark nets and lethal drum lines around Australia, which are indiscriminate killers of marine life.

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Reform of Australian fisheries management to include more ecosystem-based science and a precautionary approach to fisheries management.

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.A moratorium on all new salmon farm expansion in Tasmania

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A ban on all new seismic testing in our oceans.

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Long term continuity in climate, Southern Ocean and Antarctic science funding.

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Julian Assange

Julian Assange

Julian Assange

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, came to prominence in 2010 after the leaking of sensitive information regarding US war crimes in the Middle East. The Chelsea Manning US intelligence leak contained a video of a US helicopter killing 18 people including two Reuters journalists.

Free Julian Assange

Following years of work by former Senator Scott Ludlam, Pete has led the Greens response in opposition to the detention and potential extradition of this Australian citizen and Walkley Award-winning journalist, to the country whose war crimes he exposed.

Pete is a founding member of the Parliamentary Friends of the Bring Julian Assange Home Group. He has worked with Andrew Wilkie in advocating for Julian’s return home to Australia. He has also worked with WikiLeaks, Julian Assange’s legal team and Julian’s father John Shipton.

In December 2019, Pete tabled a petition with over 200,000 signatories (one of the largest petitions ever presented to the Senate) calling upon the Government to intervene and ensure Julian’s safe passage home or to another place of his choosing.

You can also read Pete’s recent article here

Pete continues to do what he can to highlight the injustices and abuses of power associated with the extradition of Julian Assange.