Peter Whish-Wilson

Senator for Tasmania

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, 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 Consumer Affairs, Treasury, Defence and Veterans Affairs, Healthy Oceans, and Waste and Recycling.

Contact Peter

Electorate Office

PO Box 5194
Launceston TAS 7250

Phone (03) 6331 0033
Fax (03) 6331 2044

Canberra Office

Senate suite SG-59
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone (02) 6277 3721
Fax (02) 6277 5793

senator.whish-wilson@aph.gov.au

PETER's website

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Reboot Recycling

With the government asleep at the wheel, our recycling industry is in crisis. Join our campaign to save the recycling industry and begin cleaning up our oceans.

End Live Exports

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Change the date

We want a day where we can come together to reflect as a national community on our wonderfully diverse, open and free society. But January 26 is not that day.