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Is Minister De-listing 12 Threatened Species?

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

Environment Minister, Matthew Groom, has not denied he intends to delist 12 native animal species from the Tasmanian List of Threatened Species.

Ignoring recommendations from the Scientific Advisory Committee last May, Mr Groom also looks set to change the status of others and refuse to approve the listing of 7 species identified as at-risk by the Committee.

When questioned this morning, the Minister did not deny the claim or offer any explanation for his refusal to implement the SAC recommendations.

Christine Milne: Champion of Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The formal resignation of Christine Milne from the Australian Senate marks the end of an era in Tasmania. Christine has been at the forefront of politics and the campaign to protect what makes Tasmania unique in the world for the better part of 30 years.

Canberra will certainly miss Christine's formidable intellect and immense heart, her drive and her integrity.

Mining Ban needs to be in WHA Management Plan as Government Ignores United Nations on Logging and Tenure

Nick McKim MP | Greens Parks spokesperson

The government’s claim that it is not planning to conduct ‘broad-scale logging’ in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) does not stand up to scrutiny, and represents a continued snub of the United Nations.

The UN’s World Heritage Committee has specifically asked for all logging to be ruled out, yet the government has stubbornly refused to accede to this request.

The WHC also asked for land tenure upgrades in the TWWHA to prohibit logging and mining, which the government has completely ignored.

United Nations Slaps Down Groom on WHA Logging and Mining

Nick McKim MP | Greens Parks spokesperson

The United Nations has humiliated the state government by slapping down its plans to log and mine inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).

Parks Minister Matthew Groom’s fixation with profiting from the TWWHA has blinded him to the true value of the area. It seems that if he can’t put a dollar sign in front of it, Mr Groom is just not interested.

The United Nations did not protect the TWWHA just so Mr Groom’s corporate buddies could make money from it.

Liberal Dam Bill Attack on Threatened Species

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water and Environment spokesperson

The Greens will not be supporting the proposed changes to dam works in the Water Management Act in the amendment Bill tabled by Minister Rockliff.

Minister Rockliff is seeking to amend provisions of the Threatened Species Act, which is cause for alarm and poses a significant potential threat to the localised ecosystems, and ultimately the broader Tasmanian ecology.

This Bill would allow Tasmanian landholders to construct dams on their property without needing approval.

Hunt Leaves State Government Isolated on World Heritage Area Logging and Mining

Nick McKim MP | Greens Parks spokesperson

Commonwealth Environment Minister Greg Hunt has left the Tasmanian government completely isolated in its plan to allow logging and mining in Tasmania's World Heritage Area.

The United Nations has come down on the state government like a ton of bricks, and now Mr Hunt has failed to support plans for logging and mining. What more will it take for the Tasmanian government to see reason?

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