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Climate campaigner back in Tasmania

Welcome home Colin Russell

The Tasmanian Greens Leader Nick McKim today welcomed the safe return of Greenpeace activist Colin Russell to his family in Tasmania.

“On behalf of the many, many Tasmanians who supported Colin and the Arctic 30, the Greens want to wish him a big welcome home,” Mr McKim said.

 

“Hopefully he will now be able to spend some quality time with his family, his friends and his dog to recover from his ordeal.”

“The Greens would also like to pay tribute to Christine and Madeleine for their courage and tenacity during this very difficult time.”

“Tasmanians can rightly feel proud of Mr Russell, for his admirable work campaigning to protect the Arctic's pristine environment from oil drilling, and to highlight the growing issue of climate change.”

"The charges against Colin and the Arctic 30 were absurd and disproportionate, and their detention in harsh conditions for months was cruel and excessive.”

“The Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s refusal to put any meaningful pressure on Russian authorities in line with the actions of other countries was an international embarrassment.”

“Last month the Lower House unanimously backed an amended Greens motion calling on the Federal Government to intervene on Colin’s behalf, in line with the response from other countries.”