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Is Archer the Fresh Start the Marine Environment Needs?

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

Tasmania’s marine environment is at a crossroads, due to the rapid, unchecked expansion of the inshore salmon farming industry. Macquarie Harbour’s dissolved oxygen levels are at the same catastrophically low levels now as they were this time last year. 

New Environment Minister, Elise Archer, has the opportunity to step in where her predecessor didn’t and be the fresh start the Tasmanian marine environment needs. 

Seals at Risk Under Liberals’ ‘Three Strikes and You’re Dead’ Policy

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens’ Animal Welfare spokesperson

 

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The Liberals' announcement they will cease relocating seals to NW Tasmania from Christmas - after the height of seal breeding - is purely political.  They haven't even ruled out seal relocation completely.

Liberals and Labor Reject Fish Farming Moratorium

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

In no surprise to any objective observer of the debate over rapid fish farm expansion, the Liberal and Labor parties voted down the Greens' move for a moratorium until the science and the policy settings protect, rather than degrade, Tasmania's marine environment.

A moratorium on the industry's rapid expansion into fragile inshore marine areas makes complete sense from an environmental, social and economic perspective. 

Liberals Vote Down Ban on Fracking for Tasmania

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

In a highly regrettable refusal to acknowledge the evidence and strong community opposition, the Liberals voted against the Greens' move to extend the moratorium on fracking to a permanent ban.

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking involves horizontal drilling into rock and the injection of chemical-laden fluids to force out oil or gas trapped in underground shale.  This technology has no place in Tasmania.

Greens Table Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Member for Bass

I was proud to table the Pulp Mill Assessment Repeal Bill 2017 in Parliament today on behalf of the Greens. If supported, this Bill would provide real closure for Northern Tasmanians.

The Tamar Valley community has been left hanging, uncertain about potential future developments while Gunns’ receivers had the site and associated permits for a new pulp mill up for sale. 

Liberals' Rainforest Logging Plan to Open Up Reserves

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Forests spokesperson

The rainforest logging plan put forward by the Liberals is a disgrace. Introducing logging into reserves and conservation areas is a destructive move, designed to generate conflict.

The plan to allow logging in Regional Reserves and Conservation Areas is as divisive as it is destructive and unjustifiable.  These places were set aside for protection, not for rainforest logging.

Labor Ignore Climate Change in Reshuffle

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

In further proof there's little to distinguish the two major parties on environmental issues, Labor's shadow Cabinet reshuffle has omitted the single biggest policy challenge facing the state, climate change.

In 2016, Tasmania experienced devastating bushfires and floods.  Climate change is already having a significant impact on Tasmania, yet neither the Liberal Government or Labor Opposition take the issue seriously enough to have a dedicated climate change portfolio.

Barnett Gets Hysterical Again

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

As the State election draws closer Resources Minister, Guy Barnett, is becoming more and more desperate and hysterical.

To claim the Tarkine is 'ripe for mining' and to ignore sound conservation practice is to fundamentally misunderstand that this wilderness is recognised globally for its outstanding natural and cultural values

Mining gross value added in North West Tasmania has, in fact, declined under the Liberals.

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