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Why Did the Premier Take Crown Land Responsibility Away From Groom?

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

In a move he failed to explain when asked by the Greens in Question Time today, the Premier has relieved Environment and Parks Minister, Matthew Groom, of his responsibility for Crown Lands.

We believe this move is unprecedented.  Crown Land Services has customarily been the responsibility of the Minister for Environment and Parks.  To hive off this relatively small area of the portfolio is more than unusual.

Industry Regulation Needed For Salmon Investment Confidence

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

Australian Ethical Investment's divestment from Tassal is a slap in the face to the sustainability brand of the Tasmanian farmed salmon industry.  It's evidence that investors have no confidence in this severely under-regulated industry.

Minister Rockliff has to step in immediately to restore investor confidence by regulating the salmon industry for long-term environmental conservation, transparency and accountability.

Strong Council Support for Cash for Containers Scheme

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Local Government spokesperson

The Greens congratulate Kingborough Council on joining West Coast, Clarence and Launceston City Councils in their support for a statewide container deposit scheme.

These four Tasmanian councils have agreed to lobby the State Government to implement a much needed cash for containers scheme.  Kingborough had also committed to take the issue up at the LGAT State Conference.

Premier Misleads Tasmanians over Crown Land Giveaways

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Parks and Tourism spokesperson

On radio this morning, the Premier misled Tasmanians over what is becoming a private developer feeding frenzy over public Crown Land assets.

There is a coastal land grab underway and no affected Tasmanian community will believe the Premier’s platitudes about ‘leases’ rather than sale of these public assets.  The effect is the same when you have lost your treasured coastal foreshore to caravan parks, villas and luxury resorts.

Liberals' Forestry Jobs Failure

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

The latest ABS detailed labour force statistics have been released today.

The data confirms that there has been no job growth in Forestry and Wood Product manufacturing in Tasmania under the Hodgman Liberal Government.

In February 2014, before the Liberals entered office, there were 3,700 jobs in these sectors, exactly the same as February 2017.

There are, however, 600 employees working part time instead of full time.

Labor and the Liberals Sing the Same Tune on Fish Farm Expansion

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader

This morning Tasmania's new Labor Leader had the opportunity to tell Tasmanians that Labor is prepared to enter the 21st century on key environmental issues such as fish farm expansion. Unfortunately, Rebecca White failed to take that opportunity.

The Greens support community calls for fish farming to be truly sustainable, and genuinely 'world's best practice' - closed loop, on-land or far offshore if environmental standards can be significantly improved.  

Petuna Plan an Admission of Regulation Failure

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Marine Environment spokesperson

Petuna Aquaculture’s public call for the EPA to create individual lease-level stocking limits is an admission that the government’s regulatory system is not fair, and is failing to protect Macquarie Harbour.

As it stands, there’s no incentive for companies to farm salmon at sustainable levels because their competitors can overstock without any penalty.

Liberals Required to Act on TWWHA Damage to Macquarie Harbour

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Parks spokesperson

Environment Minister, Matthew Groom must protect the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area from further damage from salmon farming.  The government is required to intervene under State, Federal and International law.

Dead zones from the salmon industry have reportedly spread a kilometre into the globally significant World Heritage Area. As the Minister for the Environment, Mr Groom must take action.

Liberals' Forest Farce

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

Legislation to allow logging in some of the most high conservation value, carbon rich forests on the planet was tabled in State Parliament today. 

The Bill is a recipe for destruction, conflict and lost economic opportunity as the Liberals try to force Tasmania in the opposite direction of where its future lies.  It was on this basis that the Greens’ MPs took the highly unusual move of voting against the Bill on its first reading. 

Wombat Mange Needs Real Government Action

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Terrestrial Environment spokesperson

The government's announcement of $100,000 is a positive step, but much more needs to be done to save the Tasmanian wombat population from the spread of sarcoptic mange.

The spread of wombat mange across the State is a symptom of the desperate underfunding of the Parks and Wildlife Service.  While the government is providing some funds for research and volunteers, they are starving Parks of the funds it needs to save the wombat.

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