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Tarkine Decision Gives Hodgman an Out

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Friday, 16 September 2016

Tags: takayna / Tarkine, Arthur Pieman Conservation Area, Aboriginal Heritage, Tasmanian Aboriginals

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Aboriginal Affairs spokesperson

Today's Federal Court decision gives Premier Hodgman the opportunity to do the right thing by Tasmania's Aboriginal community and pull out of the case to reopen Tarkine tracks. 

If he's serious about the resetting the relationship with Tasmania's First People, that's what the Premier needs to do.

The cultural heritage in takayna/the Tarkine is of recognised global significance, yet the Liberals want to allow off road vehicles back in to these sensitive places.

The Liberals' decision to reopen the 4WD tracks belies their commitment to reset the relationship with Aboriginal Tasmanians. Now is the time to remedy that wrong. 

Taxpayer's money is being wasted to fund the Hodgman Government's legal battle in the Federal Court. 

It's time the Premier put common sense before petty politics and walked away from the disrespectful, legal farce his government has created.