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Butler's latest Tarkine mine approval: another political ploy that ignores experts and long-term prosperity

Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said today that Environment Minister Mark Butler's decision on the proposed Venture Minerals open-cut mine in the Tarkine is a political ploy in a marginal electorate on the first day of a Federal election.

"Minister Butler was always going to make the decision he made today for the same political reasons Tony Burke shocked the country by ignoring the Australian Heritage Councils recommendations to protect the Tarkine earlier this year," said Senator Whish-Wilson.

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Greens announce support for wildlife carers in South Australia

The Australian Greens today launched a $15 million plan in Adelaide to help wildlife carers meet the costs of providing quality care for sick and injured native animals.

"Wildlife carers travel great distances to respond to calls for help for injured animals and give countless hours of care. Orphaned joeys or birds, for example, often involve around the clock monitoring and feeding," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Supporting Volunteer Wildlife Carers

Across Australia, every year thousands of volunteers help come to the rescue of sick and injured wildlife.  The Australian Greens believe our wildlife carers deserve more recognition and support for their invaluable work.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Australian native animals become orphaned, injured or displaced due to human activites that lead to habitat loss, poisoning, car strikes, entaglement in rubbish or barbed wire, or attacks by cats, dogs or other feral animals.

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New Minister should consult experts on Tarkine

Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said today that Environment Minister Mark Butler should be spending time in Tasmania talking to experts on the endangered species under threat by Tarkine mine proposals.

"The failure of Minister Butler's predecessor to fully consider official conservation advice on endangered species was the basis of the court decision against Shree's proposed mine at Nelson Bay River," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson today said that the Federal Court's decision to uphold an appeal against a proposed mine at Nelson Bay River was welcome news for the long-term prospects of the Tarkine, and the endangered species that reside there.

"This result is in line with the Australian Heritage Council recommendation that the Tarkine be protected for its outstanding conservation values," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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Our first national park – campaign for world heritage listing

I love Royal National Park so this campaign for world heritage listing for these very special places means a lot to me.

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre is spearheading the First National Park campaign. I strongly recommend their book “A Natural for world heritage” by Dr Geoff Mosley. Geoff, a geographer and environmental historian, has produced a stunning publication.

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Minister, Protect the Burrup with World Heritage Listing

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam is proud to stand with Traditional Owners to protect the world's largest pre-Ice Age rock art precinct in the Pilbara, 1550 km north of Perth.

"The Burrup Peninsula is a place of unparalleled artistic, cultural, religious and historical significance, as well as a place of magnificent natural beauty," said Senator Ludlam.

"The Greens have long campaigned for its protection, mostly recently through the Too Precious To Lose campaign.

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Greens Protect National Parks on World Environment Day

The Australian Greens have celebrated World Environment Day by announcing a new plan to protect the country's national parks from attacks by state governments.

The Greens in the Senate will move to add national parks as a new matter of environmental significance, joining matters such as threatened species and World Heritage Areas that are protected nationally.

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