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Too much forest? Get real Mr Abbott

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott's claim that Australia has too much protected forest is wrong and will concern Australians who treasure our precious national parks and forests.

"Families and communities treasure our national parks. Tony Abbott is completely out of touch," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Tony Abbott's anti-environment agenda is also anti-jobs. There is no economic future for Australia in trashing our precious native forests and national parks.

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Senate to enquire into Tasmanian World Heritage Area

Christine Milne 13 Feb 2014

The Greens have established a Senate inquiry into the Abbott government's moves to reduce the size of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to access forests to log.

The inquiry will report by 15 May 2014 and submissions can be sent directly to the Senate committee: [email protected]

These are the terms of reference:

That the following matters be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 15 May 2014:

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Senate rejects PM Abbott’s attack on World Heritage forests

The Senate has condemned the Abbott government's reckless attack on World Heritage forests and has called on the UNESCO World Heritage committee to reject the request to de-list 74,000 hectares of Tasmanian wilderness.

"The Senate has sent a clear message to the World Heritage committee that Australians do not support the Abbott government's pro-logging ideology," said Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.

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Labor betrays forest conservation deal

Christine Milne 21 Aug 2013

Federal Labor's announcement today that Tasmanian regional development money will be decoupled from forest conservation shows they can't be trusted on the environment, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said today.

"Throughout this process we've said money for the industry or regions should be tied to conservation outcomes so the rug couldn't be pulled out at the last minute," Senator Milne said.

"Today, we see federal Labor's final betrayal in their promise to ensure long-term forest conservation in Tasmania.

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States’ track record on forests shows RFAs must be scrapped and national environment protection crucial

The Australian Greens welcome the Environmental Defenders Offices’ report out today that shows state governments have grossly failed to protect native forests, that the federal government must scrap Regional Forest Agreements, and that Tony Abbott’s plan to put states in control of more environmental matters would be disastrous.

“Regional Forest Agreements have led to gross mismanagement of the nation’s forests, causing a biodiversity crisis in many unique ecosystems,” Senator Lee Rhiannon, Australian Greens forests spokesperson, said.

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Rudd's plan a mixed bag for Tassie

Christine Milne 25 Jul 2013

"Kevin Rudd's $100 million plan is a mixed bag for Tasmania," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"There is no way federal dollars should be propping up Ta Ann. Tasmania's brand of clean, green and clever needs to be boosted, not undermined.

"Tasmania needs new industries that build on our environment and our global reputation.

"Tasmanians have been waiting for the hundred million dollars from the intergovernmental agreement to boost regional jobs and new industries. But this money was always contingent upon protection of the forests.

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Minister Butler’s Tarkine comments disappointing

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.

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Intervention needed to save South West from reckless logging plan

Scott Ludlam 2 Jul 2013

The decision of the Environmental Protection Authority to allow the logging of almost 40 per cent of Western Australia's jarrah, karri and marri forests is a disaster in the making, the Greens warned today.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the South West of the State is a precious biodiversity hotspot that warrants Federal protection from the "misnamed Forest Management Plan 2014-2023".

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Coalition a risk to nation's World Heritage areas

Christine Milne 25 Jun 2013

The Coalition today refused to support Tasmania's new World Heritage area extension or a logging ban in World Heritage areas anywhere in the nation, Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"Every Coalition senator in the chamber today voted against my motion which sought to celebrate and show support for our precious World Heritage areas and to prohibit logging," Senator Milne said.

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