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Senator Whish-Wilson's Assessment of the Tarkine National Coalition's Meeting with Paul Howes of the Australian Workers' Union

As you may be aware, I recently organised a meeting between Scott Jordan from the Tarkine National Coalition (TNC), and Paul Howes, National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU).

Scott, along with other members of the TNC, has been working tirelessly for years to implement a plan to protect this fragile area on Tasmania’s west coast.

The TNC has also tried – unsuccessfully – to meet with many supporters of the proposed new mines for the Tarkine region, in order to discuss their differences.

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Protecting the Tarkine and Mining: The Facts

The umpire has spoken - the Tarkine is of outstanding national and world heritage

The Tarkine's values are well documented and take existing mining damage into account. In 2011 the Australian Heritage Council recommended 447,000ha be placed on the National Heritage List. However, this report mysteriously vanished from its website and Environment Minister Tony Burke now says it doesn't exist. He is the one who let the Emergency Heritage Listing of the Tarkine lapse and directed the Heritage Council to re-start its assessment and report in December 2013. 

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Greens Back Reviving Old Mines, Not Opposed to Existing Mines

 

Mathew Dunckley

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.”

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Burke must protect Tarkine urgently

"The Tasmanian Government's approval of the Shree Minerals iron ore mine in the Tarkine now puts the ball firmly in Tony Burke's court to protect the precious habitat of the Tasmanian devil." Australian Greens Leaders, Senator Christine Milne said today.

"This destructive decision demonstrates again how Labor can't be trusted on the environment and they are even prepared to jeopardise the survival of the Tasmanian devil.

"Now it's up to federal Environment Minister Tony Burke to step in and fix this mess.

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Our Tarkine’s future depends on protection

"Mining the Tarkine is to Lara Giddings what damming the Franklin was to Robin Gray." Senator Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens said today.

"Both these premiers are so entrenched in the view that destroying places for short-term economic outcomes and minimal jobs that will fail to see that long-term protection is a far better result for Tasmania. The premier must not give in to Paul Howes' bullying tactics, dropping in to whip up anger to divide the community.

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