Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has welcomed the support of the Senate in agreeing to establish an Inquiry into the impact of climate change on our fisheries and on marine biodiversity.
Bondi Pavilion is one of the nation's jewels. Recognised in 2008 by the Australian government as having 'exceptional' cultural significance, the National Estate listing identified Bondi as 'one of Australia's most treasured places' and 'one of the world's most famous beaches where Australians meet nature's challenge in the surf'. Bondi Pavilion is a central part of the Bondi experience.
I rise to speak today in support of the Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016 and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016—the legislation to increase the excise on tobacco by 12.5 per cent per year for four years from September 2017. Most people know that smoking is harmful.
A report from the Australian National Audit Office has revealed that it costs $573,000 per person per year to keep people in offshore detention on Manus Island and Nauru.
The audit revealed “serious and persistent deficiencies” which fell “well short of effective procurement practice”, and also revealed that Department of Immigration and Border Protection “used approaches that reduced competitive pressure and significantly increased the price of the services without government authority to do so”.
Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says that the last-minute-to-midnight decision to close of the Macquarie Island Station just before the Antarctic Summer season is a worrying sign of the budget pressure facing the Australian Antarctic Division.
“It is disappointing that Labor has voted with Government to stop cuts to the Aged Care Funding Instrument being referred to the Community Affairs References Committee”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“We need time to assess the impacts that these cuts will have on the aged care sector.