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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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Greens to introduce bill to ban Alpine grazing

The Australian Greens have today condemned the decision to allow cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park and announced plans to reintroduce a bill to protect our national parks.

"The writing is on the wall for environment in Australia, with Tony Abbott pushing his 19th century ‘environment is for man' attitude," said Senator Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens.

"Given Mr Abbott thinks we have too much protected forest, this outrageous assault on the integrity of our precious national parks will be just the start.

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Our first national park – campaign for world heritage listing

I love Royal National Park so this campaign for world heritage listing for these very special places means a lot to me.

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre is spearheading the First National Park campaign. I strongly recommend their book “A Natural for world heritage” by Dr Geoff Mosley. Geoff, a geographer and environmental historian, has produced a stunning publication.

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National Protection For Precious Places and Wildlife: Senate Motion June 2013

The Senate

(a) notes that Australia's national environment laws only regulate this country's most environmentally destructive projects which threaten our most precious species and wild places.

(b) calls on the Government to amend our national environment laws before this parliament rises to ensure these responsibilities cannot be handed to state or territory governments.

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Greens Protect National Parks on World Environment Day

The Australian Greens have celebrated World Environment Day by announcing a new plan to protect the country's national parks from attacks by state governments.

The Greens in the Senate will move to add national parks as a new matter of environmental significance, joining matters such as threatened species and World Heritage Areas that are protected nationally.

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