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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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