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Tasmanian Legislative Council wreckers of forest peace deal

Christine Milne 16 Apr 2013

Today the Tasmanian Legislative Council drove a bulldozer through key clauses of the Tasmanian forest peace deal, the Australian Greens said today.

 "Australians will be shocked to learn that the forest peace deal achieved after years of negotiation has just been gutted in total defiance of the intergovernmental agreement (IGA)," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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Greens welcome Federal Court challenge to Minister Burke’s mining approval for the Tarkine

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne has welcomed today's move by the Tarkine National Coalition to lodge a case in the Federal Court seeking a judicial review of Minister Burke's decision to grant environmental approval for the Shree Minerals proposed mine in the Tarkine.

"We support the Tarkine National Coalition's (TNC) concerns that Minister Burke has erred in law, and back its decision to challenge the approval of the mine because of the impacts on the Tasmanian devil, a Commonwealth listed endangered species," Christine Milne said.

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Greens achieve senate inquiry into forestry grants

Christine Milne 19 Mar 2013

The Senate has today agreed to inquire into the audit reports of both the Tasmanian community forest agreement and the exit forest grants.

The Labor Government supported the Greens, however the Coalition voted against it.

"I am not surprised that Senator Colbeck and Abetz don't want to know about whether this is corruption or incompetence or both" Greens leader Senator Christine Milne said today.

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Transcript: Christine Milne with Anna Reynolds: Antarctic research policy launch, forestry grant rorts

Christine Milne 15 Mar 2013

Subjects: Greens Antarctic and marine research funding launch, rorts in forest contractor grants

 

CHRISTINE MILNE: We are here today to launch the Australian Greens' policy on support for Antarctic science and a big injection into the future prosperity, not only of Tasmania but in terms of global science, a major injection into a better understanding of the role of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans in the global climate system.

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Corrupt or incompetent? Inquiry Essential

Christine Milne 15 Mar 2013

The scandals continue with the release today of the Australian National Audit Office's report on the administration of the Tasmanian Forest Intergovernmental Agreement Contractors Voluntary Exit Grants Program.

"The big question is, as it was with the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement, is the Federal or State government corrupt or incompetent when overseeing these grants programs?" Senator Christine Milne said today, announcing she will move for a Senate inquiry immediately.

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Tasmanian Forest Intergovernmental Agreement - 14 March 2013

Christine Milne 14 Mar 2013

NOTICE OF MOTION

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that the findings of the Auditor General's Audit Report No. 22 2012-13, Administration of the Tasmanian Forest Intergovernmental Agreement Contractors Voluntary Exit Grants Program, are referred to the Senate References Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and transport for inquiry and report by  12 April 2013:

Senator Christine Milne

Leader of the Australian Greens

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Senator Rhiannon congratulates protest shutdown of Whitehaven's Tarrawonga mine

Lee Rhiannon 11 Mar 2013

Greens NSW Senator and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Front Line Action on Coal for today's action at Whitehaven's Tarrawonga Mine, a proposed development which will destroy 150 hectares of both prime farmland and state forest.

"Today's action is needed because of the failure of the federal and the NSW governments to protect the local environment and take action on climate change," Senator Rhiannon said.
 
"The peaceful direct action at the main gate is a constructive way to highlight the need to protect this important food producing region.

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