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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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Tasmanian Greens State Conference Doorstop

Christine Milne 25 Aug 2012

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Subjects: National Commission against Corruption, Tasmanian Greens State Conference, Tarkine, supertrawler, environmental protection, Tony Abbott, Tasmanian Liberals State Conference

JOURNALIST: The anti-corruption watchdog you're pushing for, how much power would you like to see such a body have?

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Minister Burke must heritage list the Tarkine: Milne

"The Tasmanian Government, in particular Minister Bryan Green, is sabotaging the Intergovernmental Agreement on Tasmania's forests by recklessly approving a mining lease over 362 hectares in the Meredith Range in the heart of the Tarkine," Australian Greens leader, Senator Christine Milne, said today.

"This is an area under active consideration for National and World Heritage listing, as part of the Intergovernmental Agreement process.

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More wild forests to go to chainsaws

Bob Brown 13 Jan 2012

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown says today’s Tasmanian forests “conservation agreement” is a blueprint for the utter destruction of more than 20 square kilometres of high conservation value (HCV) forests.

“That’s 1000 Melbourne Cricket Grounds in area of World Heritage Value forests to be logged and firebombed by Forestry Tasmania in breach of the 2011 agreement,” Senator Brown said.

“Ceasing routine meetings with the Prime Minister over this dishonouring of her 2011 Intergovernmental Agreement is a weak gesture considering the gravity of the matter. 

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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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Labor lurches to the right and loses touch

Opening the Labor Party conference, Julia Gillard told her party faithful she wanted the ALP to be the party that says "yes to the future".

Yet the Prime Minister spent the next three days advocating for the resurrection of the old, tired conservative policies of John Howard. On policies covering asylum seekers, uranium and same-sex marriage, Labor's leader backed the stance of the former ultra-conservative Liberal prime minister.

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Burke places money and mines before Tarkine

Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, must explain why he will allow the assessment of mining proposals to occur in the Tarkine before acting on advice before him to permanently heritage list the region, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne said today.

"Minister Burke today claimed on ABC local radio to have no information leading to the emergency heritage listing of the Tarkine, but failed to mention a report buried in his department recommending the Tarkine be listed.

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