New senator 'a gold medal product'
THE Tasmanian Greens have selected a wine-making economist to replace Bob Brown in the Senate.
Greens leader Christine Milne announced on Friday that environmentalist Peter Whish-Wilson, 44, would replace Senator Brown, who resigned as Greens leader in April. He will leave the Senate in June.
Senator-designate Whish-Wilton, an ADFA graduate who also holds a Masters degree in economics/finance from the University of Western Australia, said he would use his new position to continue opposing Gunns' pulp project proposed for Tasmania's Tamar Valley.
"I feel honoured to have been chosen by the Greens to be their new Tasmanian Senator, and I'm very excited to be working with Christine Milne," the University of Tasmania lecturer said in a statement.
"Appointing a senator to be based in northern Tasmania is a significant step for the Green party and a strong message to all Tasmanians.
"I am excited and positive about the future of Tasmania and I look forward to working with Christine and the Greens to help build sustainable employment opportunities with progressive businesses throughout the state."
Senator-designate Whish-Wilton owns and manages a number of businesses, including Bayview Vines.
He has worked for numerous investment firms, including stints with Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch.
Senator Milne said the new member for the parliamentary team had the perfect blend of experience to be a successful advocate for Tasmania and the environment.
"Peter will be a superb representative for Tasmania. As an economist, business owner and campaigner to stop a polluting pulp mill in the Tamar Valley, he brings great experience and an excellent skills-set to the Senate and the Greens party room," she said in a statement.
"I'm hugely looking forward to working with Peter to continue reaching out to the progressive business community as well as country Australians who want to seize the opportunities provided by the NBN, renewable energy and choosing a sustainable future."
Senator Brown also offered a glowing endorsement for his replacement.
"Like his wines, Peter is a gold-medal product," he said.