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Burke must initiate Tarkine world heritage assessment

The federal Minister for Environment must explain why a review of the Tarkine's world heritage values was never made despite a pledge to do so almost five years ago, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne said today.

In 2007 a motion by former Democrats Senator, Andrew Bartlett, to recommend the Tarkine be assessed for world heritage values was passed by both major parties.

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Greens call on Government to reject ‘heritage vandalism’: division could face 30% cut

Scott Ludlam 9 May 2011

The Australian Greens expressed grave concern today about reports that heritage funding is to be slashed by almost one third in tomorrow's budget.

Greens heritage spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam wrote to Minister Tony Burke on Friday in regards to the unconfirmed proposal that the Heritage Division of the Environment Department will have its budget reduced by $3.8 million - or 30 per cent ‐ next financial year.

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Greens secure emergency Burrup Peninsula heritage assessment

The Australian Greens have won agreement from the Federal Government to conduct an emergency heritage assessment of the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia.

"We are pleased that the Government has responded in this way. This is a site of extraordinary environmental and heritage importance," he said.

Senator Ludlam and fellow Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert moved a motion in the Senate calling for the emergency assessment, winning the support of the Government and the cross benches.

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