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Rudd's plan a mixed bag for Tassie

Christine Milne 25 Jul 2013

"Kevin Rudd's $100 million plan is a mixed bag for Tasmania," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"There is no way federal dollars should be propping up Ta Ann. Tasmania's brand of clean, green and clever needs to be boosted, not undermined.

"Tasmania needs new industries that build on our environment and our global reputation.

"Tasmanians have been waiting for the hundred million dollars from the intergovernmental agreement to boost regional jobs and new industries. But this money was always contingent upon protection of the forests.

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Greens Leader joins Tassie uni students to oppose Labor's dumb cuts

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne has rallied students at the University of Tasmania in Hobart to oppose Labor's $2.3 billion university cuts.

Senator Milne, who met with Tasmanian university students today, said the Greens would stand strong in the Senate to oppose any moves to cut university funding.

"Labor's dumb uni cuts, supported by Tony Abbott, will hurt Tasmania even more than other states. The good news is they have not been legislated so we can make this election a referendum on university funding," Senator Milne said.

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Rudd follows Abbott in a race to blow holes in Tasmanian budget and renewables investment

Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said Prime Minister Rudd's back-flip on the carbon pricing mechanism will not only mean the big polluters pay less but will stifle investment in renewables while blowing a hole in the Tasmanian budget.

"Business and investment decisions were made in response to the carbon price and in step with the necessary transition to renewable energy sources," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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Coalition a risk to nation's World Heritage areas

Christine Milne 25 Jun 2013

The Coalition today refused to support Tasmania's new World Heritage area extension or a logging ban in World Heritage areas anywhere in the nation, Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"Every Coalition senator in the chamber today voted against my motion which sought to celebrate and show support for our precious World Heritage areas and to prohibit logging," Senator Milne said.

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Greens celebrate World Heritage listing

Today's World Heritage listing of high conservation value forests on the eastern boundary of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has been a long-time coming and will be celebrated by conservationists across the generations, Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"It's fantastic that after so many years of campaigning conservationists around Tasmania, and indeed the world, can celebrate the protection of these magnificent wild forests that contain the tallest flowering plants on earth and an array of wonderful wildlife," Senator Milne said.

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Greens slam Tasmanian forest payouts management

Christine Milne 19 Jun 2013

The Australian Greens have slammed the design and management of the recent $45 million Tasmanian forest contractor exit program after the release today of a Senate inquiry report into the program.

"The Senate inquiry has confirmed the Auditor-General's criticism of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, which kept inadequate records, distributed grants before writing compliance and risk management plans, and did not follow its own grant guidelines, " Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Greens stand with Tasmanian wine producers as industry group responds with concern to Government’s TFA funded expansion plans

There is concern across the Tasmanian wine industry that Tasmanian Forestry Agreement (TFA) funding will be used to push for investment in new  "supply driven" growth - in the form of significant new vineyard plantings - leading to the quadrupling of the industry over the next 10 years.

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Greens continuing to help King Island farmers rebuild abattoir

The Greens vision for the future of Tasmania's diversified, brand-driven economy was today supported by an independent feasibility study of a locally owned and branded abattoir on King Island.

Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson and Tasmanian MP Basil O'Halloran recently visited King Island to introduce financial experts to beef farmers in a move to promote the development of a new independent, farmer owned abattoir on the Island.

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