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Tasmania sells out Tamar wineries as WA moves to protect Margaret River wine region

Just as the Tasmanian government has sold out the tourism and fine foods and wines industries in the Tamar Valley, the EPA in WA this week has rejected a coal mine 15km from Margaret River wine region to protect the area's social fabric.

"WA Premier Colin Barnett said last year that whilst his government was pro mining and predevelopment, he recognised there was a potential conflict of interest between a mine and the character of Margaret River.

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Setting the record straight: Milne said Pulp Mill decision set down years ago

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, has been misrepresented on her position on the Pulp Mill approval, hot on the heels of ongoing misrepresentation of her statements on transport's inclusion in a carbon pricing scheme.

Contrary to claims in an exchange between Barrie Cassidy and Malcolm Farr on ABC's Insiders program this morning, Senator Milne has never claimed that the Gillard government's approval of the Tamar Valley Pulp Mill was in any way about distancing itself from the Greens.

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Greens Reject Gunns Tamar Valley Pulp Mill

The Australian Greens today reaffirmed their opposition to the Gunns Tamar Valley Pulp Mill and vowed to support the Tasmanian community in its ongoing efforts to protect the environment and stop the mill.

"Everyone knows that the approval process for this mill was totally corrupt and instead of legitimising it, the Federal Government should have demanded that the proponents resubmit their final proposal to a proper assessment process." Senator Christine Milne said today.

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Pulp Mill's latest extension

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said:

"Since he has given the company an additional week to put its case, Minister Burke should also immediately make available Gunns' hydrodynamic modelling and management plan for the community to scrutinise before next week.

"How unfair would it be to allow Gunns to fiddle with the conditions but stop the community from having a look at what they want?"

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Burke Must Release Gunns Pulp Mill Data

Minister Burke is denying the Tasmanian public natural justice by refusing to release critical data about the pollution of Bass Strait before making his decision on the adequacy of Gunns hydrodynamic modelling and management plan, the Australian Greens said today.

"It is not good enough to say that it is up to Gunns to release the information. The community deserves the right to evaluate the accuracy of Gunns claims before the Minister makes his decision," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

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Greens to Gillard: no taxpayers' money to Gunns

The Australian Greens will not accept taxpayers' money being diverted into Gunns' Tamar Valley pulp mill proposal, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

"More than $1 billion of public funds has gone to Tasmanian loggers in the past 25 years and yet thousands of jobs have been jettisoned by the same companies." 

"If established, a pulp mill will create just 300 jobs at a time that the Tasmanian Treasurer is flagging 1000 jobs being shed due to budget stringencies."

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Time for Governments to draw line under Pulp Mill saga; Time for Tasmania to move on

Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne today called on Federal Minister Peter Garrett to draw the same line under the Pulp Mill that Premier David Bartlett has promised, and to help Tasmania regain its global edge as a clean, green and clever state.

Senator Milne said, "Gunns has made fools of a succession of State and Federal Governments. It has toyed with the Tasmanian community and the integrity of our democracy. It's time for the umbilical cord of funding and favours to be cut.

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No more turbines at Woolnorth until reason for eagle deaths is determined - Brown

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said he was deeply distressed to learn that a breeding pair of the endangered Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagles had been killed at the Roaring Forties Woolnorth Bluff Point wind farm.

"There should be no more wind turbines built in Tasmania's prime raptor region until the problem is fixed," Senator Brown said.

"Some 17 of these magnificent and endangered Tasmanian Wedge-tailed eagles have been knocked out since 2002 and Australia cannot afford to lose any more," Senator Brown said.

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Labor, Liberals block Canberra release of Pulp Mill document

The Federal Government and Opposition joined forces in the Senate today to block Greens' Senator Christine Milne's motion to release documents related to the Gunns Pulp Mill under Freedom of Information.

"It is pretty obvious that the release of these documents would add to the pressure on Gunns in their dealings with stakeholders and the public and I am disappointed that Labor and the Coalition have determined not to allow the public to see this document," Senator Milne said.

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