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Australia’s heritage must be brought back on track: Greens

Penny Wright 16 Apr 2012

 The Government must urgently fast-track development of the Australian Heritage Strategy to stop Australia’s heritage languishing without direction, the Australian Greens said today.

 Speaking during Heritage Week, Australian Greens spokesperson for Cultural Heritage, Senator Penny Wright, said the Government had neglected the sector for too long.

 “Funding for the Heritage Department was cut by 30 per cent in the last budget, seriously undermining its ability to carry out its work,” Senator Wright said.

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Greens to send Murray Darling Basin draft plan to Senate inquiry

 

The Greens have today announced they will move for a Senate inquiry into the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan when Parliament resumes next week so parliamentarians can scrutinise what is being proposed.

 

"We want an answer to the basic question why did the MDBA choose 2,750 GL when the science says the river system needs at least 4,000 GL," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

 

"The basin authority has yet to justify that figure.

 

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Greens urge govt to release legal advice on Murray Darling draft plan compliance with Water Act

The Australian Greens have today called on the Gillard government to release legal advice on whether the Murray Darling Basin Authority's draft plan complies with the Commonwealth Water Act.

"As the MDBA head today confirmed in a Senate estimates committee hearing that legal advice was done, now is the time for the government to let Australians see it," Greens' water spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"They clearly have the legal advice on the draft plan, despite last week declining to release it when I questioned the government about its existence.

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Greens are alone in concern for Australia’s heritage

Penny Wright 9 Feb 2012

The Government and the Opposition made it clear today that preserving Australia’s heritage is low on their agenda, the Greens said.

 Both sides voted against a motion by Greens’ spokesperson for cultural heritage, Senator Penny Wright, which called on the Government to extend the life of the Register of the National Estate, which will expire in 10 days, leaving many heritage sites without protection.

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Answers needed on future of heritage places

Penny Wright 9 Feb 2012

The Government urgently needs to provide answers on what will happen to thousands of natural, cultural and Indigenous heritage places when the Register of the National Estate expires next week, the Greens said.

“The Government has had five years to oversee the process of transferring these places onto other appropriate heritage registers, but our inquiries suggest the process is far from complete”, Greens spokesperson for cultural heritage, Senator Penny Wright, said.

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Future of 13,000 Heritage Places in Limbo: Greens

Penny Wright 13 Jan 2012

The Australian Greens are deeply concerned about the future protection of thousands of natural, cultural and Indigenous heritage places currently listed on the Register of the National Estate.

Greens spokesperson for Cultural Heritage, Senator Penny Wright, has written a letter to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Tony Burke seeking clarification about what will happen the to more than 13,000 places listed on the Register when it ceases to operate as a statutory register on February 19.

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The Australian Greens: a list of achievements and activities relevant to Tasmania

The major Greens policies are supportive of Tasmania. For example, the Greens support will get the mining tax through -- and we'll be trying to make it much stronger -- which will redistribute some money from overseas shareholders to Australians including Tasmanians.

A more measured pace in extraction of our mineral resources would mean a lower exchange rate which would help Tasmanian tourism and lower interest rates that would benefit other Tasmanian industries.

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