Greens spokesperson for waste and recycling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the successful move by the Greens to establish a Senate Inquiry into the future of the recycling industry following the exposé on Four Corners. Senator Whish-Wilson said, “I have been pursuing these issues in the recycling industry for years but the recent Four Corners episode has really brought the crisis out into the open. “I pushed to establish this Inquiry to see into how we...
I want to speak about the appalling acts of violence by Nazis in Charlottesville in the US on the weekend and to speak about the death of Ms Heather Heyer, a brave 32-year-old who lost her life while protesting against hatred. She was run down by a car driven by a Nazi. Many other people were injured. What happened in Charlottesville on the weekend was an act of terrorism. This conclusion is absolutely inescapable. What's happened in the United States has been the clearest...
Peter Dutton's amendments to secrecy provisions of the Border Force Act are a humiliating back down, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says. "The secrecy provisions were a draconian measure designed to keep secret the horrors of offshore detention," Senator McKim said.  "It is telling that a High Court challenge has made the government realise that these provisions were never lawful." "The Liberals and Labor should never have conspired to bring in this awful piece of...
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to commit Australian troops to a possible war against North Korea puts Australia at risk and shows why Parliament needs to urgently pass a war powers act and renegotiate the alliance with the United States, said leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale and Greens Defence Spokesperson Sen. Peter Whish-Wilson. "Our alliance with the United States is making us less safe, not more, and this war of words with North Korea is the latest...
Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, responded today to the Commonwealth Bank’s record profit announcement. “The announcement of a $10 billion profit by Commonwealth Bank is emblematic of what is wrong with the Australian economy. “Despite having a record of bad behaviour as long as your arm, CBA is making record profits and paying their executives millions and millions while ordinary Australians watch their wages freeze and the cost of housing spiral out of...
An independent autopsy is needed into the death of of Hamed Shamshiripour on Manus Island, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says. "It's important that people, including Hamed's fellow detainees, have confidence in the autopsy's findings," Senator McKim said. "Hamed was Australia's prisoner, and it is the Australian government's responsibility to determine exactly how he died." "Unfortunately, Hamed's death has shown how volatile and desperate the situation is in Australia's...
Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has labelled the decision by the Commbank board to cut just the short-term cash bonus of Ian Narev and his colleagues, while leaving the remainder of their bonuses in-tact as simply 'stunning'. Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The big bucks should stop with the Commonwealth Bank CEO and senior executives. Not one of them should get a single cent in bonuses, whether those bonuses are in shares or in cash, or whether they relate to...
Greens spokesperson on Waste & Recycling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, responded to Monday’s 4 Corners program that exposed the crisis in Australia’s recycling industry. “This problem has been a long time coming. The fall in commodity prices has demolished the previously successful business model based around co-mingled kerbside recycling. “The response of government to this slow building crisis has been woeful. Millions of Australians have been diligently sorting their rubbish all...
The death of a man on Manus Island represents an abhorrent failure by Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says. "This death can be laid squarely at the feet of the man who should have looked after him - Peter Dutton," Senator McKim said. "This man repeatedly sought Australia's help. The Liberals ignored his pleas and now must bear responsibility for what happened." "Enough is enough. The detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru must be...
Greens spokesperson for Treasury, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling on the Board of Commonwealth Bank to consider the position of Ian Narev today, and to cancel all senior executive bonuses in their meeting prior to the release of the annual financial results. Senator Whish-Wilson said, “If the Board of Commbank wants to start to rebuild trust in their organisation they need to make sure that no senior executive with any oversight of this alleged money laundering scandal gets paid...