Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson said the party strongly opposed new open-cut mines in the area, which is under
consideration for World Heritage listing, but would accept plans to revive some moth-balled mines.
“The whole line that is being pushed against us in Tasmania is that we want to shut down the mining industry, which is
absolute rubbish,” he said.
“Mining is the biggest contributor to gross state product; no one is talking about shutting it down.”