Peter Whish-Wilson

4 May 2012 – The Greens have confirmed that Peter Whish-Wilson, an economist, finance lecturer and winemaker who previously worked for Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch will replace former leader Bob Brown in the Senate.

Mr Whish-Wilson, 44,  a vocal opponent of the proposed Gunns pulp mill in the state’s north, said he was humbled by the appointment.

“I’m also very conscious of the responsibility that will go with this position, both to Greens voters and all Tasmanians, in fact all Australians,” he said in an ABC News report.

“I would just like to say that I think it is a very significant move for the Greens to put a senator in the north of Tasmania, to put an office there.

“It’s also a very strong message that the Greens will continue to oppose the pulp mill in the Tamar Valley.”

Greens leader Christine Milne says Mr Whish-Wilson will bolster the party’s economic credentials.

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