Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, today welcomed the detail provided on how the $24 million announced last year would be spent in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean (ANSO) sector but said that the Federal government must now follow up and act on the full recommendations of last month’s Senate inquiry.
“We now have a better idea how the University of Tasmania, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, the Australian Maritime College, the CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division will receive support from the federal funds announced last year and the Greens welcome this news for ANSO science and Tasmania,” said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.
“It’s vital that the Federal government follow up and act on all the Senate inquiry recommendations released last month – including an immediate commitment to continue funding for ANSO scientific research beyond the sunset dates of all existing collaborative initiatives and additional funds to get our national investment in the $124 million RV Investigator working at its optimum 300 days per year at sea.
“One of the reasons the Australian Greens instigated the Southern Ocean inquiry was to provide a tri-partisan way forward to support ANSO research as a cornerstone of the state’s economic future and the Senate committee’s recommendations must now be implemented by government,” Senator Whish-Wilson concluded.
Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson