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Greens Back Reviving Old Mines, Not Opposed to Existing Mines

 

Mathew Dunckley

Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson said the party strongly opposed new open-cut mines in the area, which is under

consideration for World Heritage listing, but would accept plans to revive some moth-balled mines.

“The whole line that is being pushed against us in Tasmania is that we want to shut down the mining industry, which is

absolute rubbish,” he said.

“Mining is the biggest contributor to gross state product; no one is talking about shutting it down.”

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Press conference: Tasmania becomes 15th National Landscape

Senator Christine Milne addressed the press to respond to environment minister Tony Burke's announcement that Tasmania would become the 15th National Landscape

 

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Subjects:  National Landscape, Tarkine

JOURNALIST: What's your reaction to the news today by Tony Burke that Tasmania, most of Tasmania's been added as the 15th National Landscape ?

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Burke must protect Tarkine urgently

"The Tasmanian Government's approval of the Shree Minerals iron ore mine in the Tarkine now puts the ball firmly in Tony Burke's court to protect the precious habitat of the Tasmanian devil." Australian Greens Leaders, Senator Christine Milne said today.

"This destructive decision demonstrates again how Labor can't be trusted on the environment and they are even prepared to jeopardise the survival of the Tasmanian devil.

"Now it's up to federal Environment Minister Tony Burke to step in and fix this mess.

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Victorian faunal emblem faces extinction

The Australian Greens today said that the resignation of respected ecologist David Lindenmayer over government inaction to protect Victoria’s faunal emblem the Leadbeaters possum is a huge wake up call for the Victorian government.

“Australia has one of the poorest records in the world when it comes to loss of biodiversity and species extinction,” said Dr Richard Di Natale, Greens Senator for Victoria.

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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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