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Greens celebrate World Heritage listing

Today's World Heritage listing of high conservation value forests on the eastern boundary of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has been a long-time coming and will be celebrated by conservationists across the generations, Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"It's fantastic that after so many years of campaigning conservationists around Tasmania, and indeed the world, can celebrate the protection of these magnificent wild forests that contain the tallest flowering plants on earth and an array of wonderful wildlife," Senator Milne said.

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Greens slam Tasmanian forest payouts management

Christine Milne 19 Jun 2013

The Australian Greens have slammed the design and management of the recent $45 million Tasmanian forest contractor exit program after the release today of a Senate inquiry report into the program.

"The Senate inquiry has confirmed the Auditor-General's criticism of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, which kept inadequate records, distributed grants before writing compliance and risk management plans, and did not follow its own grant guidelines, " Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Tasmanian Forest Agreement fails - entrenches native forest logging

Blog by Australian Greens forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon
Tasmanian’s forests are still not safe from logging. The new Tasmanian Forests Agreement does not provide the protection needed to safeguard these unique and precious forest habitats.

A worrying aspect of this Agreement is that it includes an attempt to silence the community. The final decision on the permanent reservation of forests is contingent upon reports from an unelected special council on the behaviour of conservationists involved in protests or market place action.

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Tasmanian forests: a message from Christine

Dear friend,

From our beginning, the Greens have stood with the community to protect Australia's precious forests.

Yesterday the Tasmanian Parliament passed legislation that was supposed to protect some of our most important iconic wilderness areas.

Tragically, the legislation fails to end the long-term threats to Tasmanian native forests by delaying conservation outcomes until 2014 and beyond.

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Community and The Australian Greens will not be "silenced" Prime Minister

In Tasmania today the Prime Minister called for conservationists to be silenced in the follow up to the Tasmanian Parliament vote to support the gutted Tasmanian forest deal.

"One of my fundamental objections to what the Tasmanian Upper House had done was that they had moved to silence the community by making the permanent reservation of forests contingent upon reports from an unelected special council on the behaviour of conservationists in protest action or in the market place," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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Tarkine Death Threats Have No Place in the Australian Political Landscape

The Australian Greens have condemned a series of death threats made against Tarkine wilderness campaigner Scott Jordan and his family on social media yesterday.

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said, “Tasmania has a proud history of robust political debate and protest, and there is no place for violent threats against anyone, let alone their family.

 “I call upon Paul Howes and the AWU to publicly reject this kind of behaviour and clearly state the need for restraint ahead of his pro-Tarkine mining rally at Tullah later this month.

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