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Low returns for Tasmania’s big mining subsidies

A new report out today shows Tasmania is spending $17 million to prop up mining and minerals processing industries, even though low global prices are rendering some mines unviable, said Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"The Australia Institute report shows that for the $17 million in corporate welfare to the miners from the Tasmanian government on roads and other subsidies, we got back just $49 million in royalties," Senator Milne said.

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Common sense prevails on Tassie forests

Christine Milne 24 Jun 2014

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has praised the World Heritage Committee decision overnight to uphold Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage boundaries as a victory for common sense.

"This is a great win for the forests, for wildlife and for Tasmania," Senator Milne said.

"It's been clear for decades that these forests are of world heritage value, the only person unable to see it is Tony Abbott.

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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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World Heritage deception a disgrace

Australian Greens Leader and Tasmanian Senator Christine Milne says the Abbott government's own Environment Department has again undermined claims that large swathes of the Tasmanian Wilderness should lose World Heritage protection.

"The World Heritage Committee will be disgusted that the Australian Government so brazenly tried to mislead it, in efforts to access forests for logging" said Senator Milne.

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Liberal attack on World Heritage rejected

Christine Milne 17 May 2014

The Australian Greens are delighted that the World Heritage draft decision recommends its Committee not approve the Abbott government's bid to delist 74,000 hectares of precious forest from the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

"This outright rejection is the best possible result - for Tasmania's forests, Australia's international reputation, and the integrity of World Heritage sites everywhere," said Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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Senate calls for Tasmanian World Heritage cuts withdrawal

Christine Milne 15 May 2014

A Senate inquiry has called on the Abbott government to withdraw its proposal to reduce the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area by 74,000 hectares, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said today.

"The Senate inquiry has also called for Australia to stand by its promise to the World Heritage Committee to assess by June 2015 the Aboriginal cultural values of additions to the Area," Senator Milne said.

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Tasmania takes biggest budget hit

Tasmania will take the biggest hit from the government’s budget of broken promises, with public sector jobs, families and welfare recipients bearing the brunt of the pain, Tasmanian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said today.

“Our young people, students, unemployed, pensioners and families all suffer under this budget, while the government delivers tax cuts to its big business mates,” Senator Whish-Wilson said.

“We already have one of highest unemployment rates in the country and now the government wants to rip more jobs out.

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Liberals sneak through $28.9 million cut to Bass Strait Equalisation Schemes

On top of all the cruel cuts and increases in the costs of living for struggling Tasmanians, Greens Senator for Tasmanian, Peter Whish-Wilson lashes the Liberal Government over their attempts to sneak through a reduction of $28.9 million from the Tasmanian Freight and Passenger Vehicle Equalisation schemes over the next three years.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Liberal Party campaigned at the Federal election last year on finding a solution to the Bass Strait issues. A twenty-nine million dollar cut is not a solution, it’s a travesty.

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