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No More Kids in Detention

The Australian Greens are calling on Labor to end the detention of children after six youths were taken to hospital following a fight between a group of teenagers at Pontville Detention Centre in Tasmania.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said this was the second incident in less than a month and was ample evidence that children needed to be put into families in the community.

"Keeping children in detention is shocking," Senator Christine Milne said.

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No Excuse for Seal Slaughter in Tasmania

The Australian Greens Spokesperson on Tasmanian Marine Issues and Tourism, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today expressed sadness and outrage at the latest incident apparently involving the illegal slaughter of protected New Zealand fur seals in Tasmania.

"As a surfer and passionate advocate of Tasmania's wild coasts and oceans I was both sad and outraged at this news," Senator Whish-Wilson said.

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Disappointing Federal Budget Fails Tasmania

Tasmanians have been left feeling disappointed and excluded from last night's federal budget, the Australian Greens said today.

"Labor has let Tasmanians down with a budget that slashes university funding and renewable energy investment and fails to care for single parents and the unemployed," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"This budget misses opportunities to fund research and innovation, support small businesses, strengthen the agriculture sector or invest in Hobart light rail.

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Tasmanian Forest Agreement fails - entrenches native forest logging

Blog by Australian Greens forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon
Tasmanian’s forests are still not safe from logging. The new Tasmanian Forests Agreement does not provide the protection needed to safeguard these unique and precious forest habitats.

A worrying aspect of this Agreement is that it includes an attempt to silence the community. The final decision on the permanent reservation of forests is contingent upon reports from an unelected special council on the behaviour of conservationists involved in protests or market place action.

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Tasmanian forests: a message from Christine

Dear friend,

From our beginning, the Greens have stood with the community to protect Australia's precious forests.

Yesterday the Tasmanian Parliament passed legislation that was supposed to protect some of our most important iconic wilderness areas.

Tragically, the legislation fails to end the long-term threats to Tasmanian native forests by delaying conservation outcomes until 2014 and beyond.

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Greens serious about solutions to Bass Strait Freight

Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has welcomed the statement from the Metropolitan Councils Group (MCG) on Bass Strait being incorporated into the National Highway.

"I note that MCG have called on the Australian Government to give this matter urgent and comprehensive consideration - this is exactly what the Australian Greens are doing through the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO)," Senator Whish-Wilson said.

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Tourism funding in Tasmania: we can do much better

Commenting on the TICT report on the importance of Tasmania's tourism marketing budget, Australian Greens tourism spokesperson Senator Whish-Wilson stated:

"The report from Deloitte Access Economics shows how important tourism marketing is to the entire economy of Tasmania, not just in tourism jobs but in positive flow on effects to other industries."

"Whilst Premier Lara Giddings has recently acknowledged how crucial tourism is to Tasmania, she must explain why considerable funds were taken out of the tourism budget in 2010 -11."

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