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Common sense prevails on Tassie forests

Christine Milne 24 Jun 2014

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has praised the World Heritage Committee decision overnight to uphold Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage boundaries as a victory for common sense.

"This is a great win for the forests, for wildlife and for Tasmania," Senator Milne said.

"It's been clear for decades that these forests are of world heritage value, the only person unable to see it is Tony Abbott.

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Adjournment Speech: NSW needs to plan away from coal

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:28): There is something strange happening in New South Wales. Every day we are hearing stories about the decline in the coal industry. We are hearing about job losses, the falling price of coal, the need for mining companies to implement efficiency measures. Just today the Australian Financial Reviewran an article headed 'Black days for coal'. At the same time the industry is aggressively pushing mines into communities that clearly do not want them. Any sensible analysis would note a contradiction here.

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Greens MPs join protest against reckless winter clearing of Leard forest

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens NSW Environment Spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC today joined protesters trying to stop the controversial winter clearing for the Maules Creek coalmine.

Senator Rhiannon said: “Whitehaven are desperately trying to run roughshod over the local community, who have consistently made a strong case against this destructive mine.

“Today I am joining farmers, community members and environmentalists who are standing up for our land and water by trying to prevent this destruction.

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Senate calls for Tasmanian World Heritage cuts withdrawal

Christine Milne 15 May 2014

A Senate inquiry has called on the Abbott government to withdraw its proposal to reduce the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area by 74,000 hectares, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said today.

"The Senate inquiry has also called for Australia to stand by its promise to the World Heritage Committee to assess by June 2015 the Aboriginal cultural values of additions to the Area," Senator Milne said.

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Government’s World Heritage lies exposed in Senate hearing

The Abbott government's argument that large areas of Tasmania's World Heritage Area are degraded and should be delisted has been blown out of the water by its own Environment Department at a Senate hearing in Canberra today, say the Australian Greens.

"The Environment Department has confirmed that only 4% of the area the government wants to remove from the Tasmanian World Heritage Area had been disturbed," said Greens Leader and Tasmanian Senator Christine Milne, who initiated the inquiry.

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FIAT Senate inquiry no-show, again

Tasmania's forest industry association has again declined to appear before a Senate inquiry into the government's World Heritage delisting proposal, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne revealed today.

"I have specifically requested that the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania chief Terry Edwards appear before the Senate inquiry, and twice he has said he is too busy," Senator Milne said.

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Leadbeater’s and Logging Don’t Mix

The Australian Greens have today criticised the Napthine Government’s band-aid gesture to protect Victoria’s faunal emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum from extinction.

“Here we have another example of a half-baked plan which will not ensure the possums survival,” said Dr Richard Di Natale, Greens Senator for Victoria.

“The continuing decline of the Leadbeater's possum in the Victorian ash forests is stark proof that logging and wildlife do not mix.

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Senator goes out on a limb for forests

Scott Ludlam 27 Mar 2014

Senator for WA Scott Ludlam has put forest conservation at the centre of the WA by-election campaign, visiting the Challar forest blockade and climbing (with substantial assistance) to a forest protection platform 40 metres up a 400 year-old Karri tree.

Senator Ludlam joined local conservationists who have been defending the Challar Forest since November to protect it from logging. "I think many people will be appalled to realise that we still allow the felling of trees that have stood for twice and three times as long as the city of Perth has existed," Senator Ludlam said.

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