The so-called ‘Liberal’ Party*’ should stop jeopardising Tasmanian jobs reliant upon the Tarkine brand, Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated earlier today. “Mr Hodgman’s entire approach to this issue is predicated on lies and driving community division. “The term ‘Tarkine’ can be traced back to the 1820s, and the Tasmanian Government has recently spent millions of tax-payer dollars promoting the brand in order to grow the region’s tourism sector. “Why are the Liberals trying to damage our economy, I thought they were supposed to support business? “It’s also an outright lie to state that the Greens want to close existing mines. Mr Hodgman seems to relish creating uncertainty and talking down Tasmania at every available opportunity. “This isn’t a fight any of us want to have. As a state we are tired of conflict, but the Tarkine is simply too precious to lose. “Allowing myriad open-cut pits in the rainforest not only destroys wilderness values, but also has the effect of threatening existing tourism jobs and limiting other future business opportunities.” Tasmanian Greens Member for Braddon Paul O’ Halloran said it had become clear the Liberal party are naively trying to turn back the clock to a time when the Tarkine was considered to be one big quarry and logging coupe. “Just imagine what it would have done to tourism investment in other parts of Australia if people had started recklessly throwing around terms like ‘so-called’ Great Barrier Reef, ‘so-called’ Uluru and the ‘so-called’ Kakadu. “Mr Hodgman’s blinkered support for environmentally destructive mining and logging in the Tarkine is economic vandalism, and it is creating a disincentive to investment in conflict-free industries that rely on the region’s natural values to create jobs."