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Minister Butler’s Tarkine comments disappointing

Media Release
Christine Milne 18 Jul 2013

Minister Mark Butler's comments on the review of the Shree Minerals Tarkine decision this morning suggest it will be all show and no substance, Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"Minister Butler says he will meet with groups and individuals brought together by local member and avowed pro-mining advocate Sid Sidebottom," Senator Milne said.

"While meeting with local groups is part of his job, Minister Butler should also be meeting with tourism operators and producers who rely on the clean, green Tasmanian brand.

"He should also meet with experts who can make informed assessments about the impacts on the endangered Tasmanian Devil.

"When people think of the extinction of the Tasmanian Tiger they ask how it could have happened. Now it's clear how it happens - people choose mines over extinction.

"But it's not these consultations that the Federal Court decision is based on.

"Minister Butler should respond to the Federal Court decision which found Tony Burke had acted unlawfully because he had not considered all the environmental information he needed to under the federal law.

"Minister Butler's obligation under the law is to now assess the expert advice, not run a populist campaign to secure Labor in the marginal seat of Braddon.

"The Australian Heritage Council has recommended the Tarkine should be protected after an extensive two-year assessment of its natural and cultural values.

"So what will Minister Butler do now? Will he follow in Tony Burke's footsteps and act unlawfully?

"Once again we see that Labor cannot be trusted to care for the environment.

"The Tarkine's future is as an iconic wilderness experience, not as a short-term quarry that will leave the area devasted once commodity prices drop," Senator Milne said.

 

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