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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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Greens warn Tasmania: Don’t kill the goose that laid tourism’s golden egg

Christine Milne 21 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens say the Tasmanian government cannot be trusted to properly assess the environmental impacts of development in national parks and World Heritage areas, for which it has today opened expressions of interest.

"Unfortunately in Tasmania we have a government with the mentality that if you can't dig it up or cut it down then you should put a resort on it. That's a very bad idea," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"The Greens want Tasmania to benefit from a strong tourism industry, so the Hodgman government has to get real.

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Time for serious questions about Shree Minerals Tarkine mine

Shree Minerals has now confirmed its iron ore operation in the Tarkine has been suspended and the Australian Greens say it's clear Tasmania's future is not in mining.

"This cynical political experiment has failed. It's time to stop pretending that destroying the Tarkine will deliver any kind of prosperity to Tasmania," said Greens Leader and Tasmanian Senator Christine Milne.

"Who could forget the pre-election hype from then AWU president Paul Howes, federal minister Tony Burke and Premier Lara Giddings, trying to justify destruction of the Tarkine?

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World Heritage deception a disgrace

Australian Greens Leader and Tasmanian Senator Christine Milne says the Abbott government's own Environment Department has again undermined claims that large swathes of the Tasmanian Wilderness should lose World Heritage protection.

"The World Heritage Committee will be disgusted that the Australian Government so brazenly tried to mislead it, in efforts to access forests for logging" said Senator Milne.

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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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Tarkine mining jobs lies must be exposed

The mining company that was supposed to bring a jobs boom to northwest Tasmania is coming unstuck, prompting the Australian Greens to once again call for the Tarkine to be protected.

Amid reports that Shree Mining is in serious financial strife, Greens Leader and Tasmanian Senator Christine Milne says it's clear that promised economic and jobs benefits were nothing more than unsubstantiated hype.

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More Tasmanian jobs threatened by PM Abbott’s environmental assault

Tony Abbott's so-called "government of no surprises" has been turned on its head again by revelations that savage cuts will be made to the Hobart-based Australian Antarctic Division, as part of an Environment Department budget contraction worth $100 million and 480 jobs .

"During the election campaign, Mr Abbott flew into Hobart and announced $38 million to expand the airport's capacity for Antarctic flights and another $24 million for Antarctic research," said Australian Greens Leader and Tasmanian Senator Christine Milne.

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World heritage fabrication exposed at Senate Inquiry

Claims from the Abbott and Hodgman governments that the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is degraded are nothing but a smokescreen to increase logging, says Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"I established this Senate inquiry to look at the government's proposal to slash the size of our World Heritage Area, and to test the Prime Minister's claims that the area to be excised was degraded," Senator Milne said during a break in the inquiry's public hearing in Hobart today.

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