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.
Assisted community campaigners to get container deposit schemes established or promised in every state (only SA and the NT had this in place in 2012.
The Federal Government adopted Greens’ policy to use the Clean Energy Finance Corporation as a vehicle to fund additional investment in recycling.
Legislate mandatory product stewardship schemes for all e-waste, tyres, mattresses and other problematic waste streams.
Get federal funding for a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) based in Hobart to research and tackle the problem of marine plastics in our oceans, as well as to innovate for a future beyond plastics.
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.