Peter Whish-Wilson

From the campaign to stop the Tamar Valley pulp mill to fights in the Senate against excessive corporate power, tax avoidance, whaling and illegal fishing – Peter has always worked hard to protect what's important and fight for the future.

An economist by training and a lifelong surfer, Peter balances numbers with a deep and abiding passion for the ocean.

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Peter Whish-Wilson made the transition from being a community leader in the campaign to stop the Tamar Valley pulp mill to Greens senator for Tasmania in 2012 when he replaced Bob Brown in the Senate. He was reelected at the 2013 election.

An economist by training, Peter created and taught one of Australia’s first ever environmental finance courses at the University of Tasmania. He has worked on Wall St in the financial services sector and has also run small businesses.

Using his professional knowledge and experience – and his life's unique experiences – Peter led the fight in the Senate against excessive corporate power, tax avoidance, white collar crime, and dangerous and undemocratic trade agreements. He put forward a comprehensive economic vision for Tasmania, Vision 2030, during the 2013 election. Peter also successfully lobbied to gain funding for the Tasmanian Catalyst Project, a venture to restore the historic Macquarie House in Launceston as a co-working space for new industries.

As a lifelong passionate surfer, Peter has developed a deep and abiding passion for the ocean. He has vigorously pursued issues such as 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 through drawing attention to the damage being done to ancient Aboriginal heritage sites in the Tarkine.

Peter has pursued the government over excessive defence spending, including of the beleaguered Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, and has shown leadership on improving mental health services for returned military personnel. Peter was a graduate of ADFA.

Peter's portfolios include Agriculture, Healthy Oceans, and Waste and Recycling.



Senator for lutruwita/Tasmania

Peter's Portfolios

Healthy Oceans
Waste and Recycling


37 George Street, Launceston TAS 7250
Post: PO Box 5194, Launceston TAS 7250
Phone: (03) 6331 0033

Latest from Peter

Plibersek must act now to save skate

30 November, 2023 - Today's announcement by Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek that the future of fish farming in Macquarie Harbour needs to be r...

Greens call on the South Australian Government to urgently subsidise proven shark deterrent devices

13 November, 2023 - The Greens call on all levels of government, especially the South Australian Government, to do more to help ocean goers reduce the risk of r...

Labor abandons environmental agenda in favour for Sea Dumping Bill

8 November, 2023 - The Greens condemn Labor for abandoning its environmental agenda and prioritising the Sea Dumping Amendment Bill – legislation specifically d...

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