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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 Show Two Faces on Aboriginal Heritage

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

Amendments to the Aboriginal Relics Act are an improvement on the current, racist legislation, but the bill tabled in Parliament today is both a lost opportunity and a clear sign that the Liberals wear two faces on Aboriginal heritage issues. 

The Bill tries to dress up the most racist law on Tasmania’s statutes instead of engaging in meaningful conversation with Tasmania’s First People about robust, empowering Aboriginal heritage protection.

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.

Cable Car Land Deal Smells Like Cronyism

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Member for Denison

kunanyi/Mt Wellington should be protected for its outstanding natural and cultural values, not carved up by the Liberals to suit a single developer pushing a single, divisive project.

The Liberals' plan to use their Parliamentary majority to acquire land from Council, and do a deal with the developer over a priceless public asset is disgraceful.

Potential Tassal TWWHA Damage Demands Federal Action

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

Tassal CEO, Mark Ryan, yesterday publicly told Tasmanians that Tassal's operations in Macquarie Harbour had polluted the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Late last night, this statement was retracted by Tassal.

The truth is not yet established. This is a very serious matter.

What is the truth and, given the unhealthy, cosy relationship between the Hodgman Liberal Government and Tassal, how can Tasmanians have any faith that they will be given the facts?

Liberals Refuse to Rule Out Logging in Wielangta Tourist Drive

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Tourism spokesperson

The Hodgman Government's plans to extend the Great Eastern Drive by upgrading Wielangta Road are threatened by their own political agenda. 

Resources Minister, Guy Barnett's, commitment in Greens' Private Members time that the Liberals will stand by their plan to log the same forest is proof that their political point scoring trumps good sense. 

Warped Liberal Priorities Put Tourism at Risk

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Tourism spokesperson

Parks Minister, Matthew Groom’s Parks 21 progress report today comes on the heels of yesterday's Auditor General's report into Parks and Wildlife funding.  The Auditor General articulated a clear lack of appropriate funding for Parks management.

Recent tourist data confirms that Tasmania’s natural values are the biggest drawcard for visitors to our beautiful island State.  But this government's warped priorities put that at risk.

Auditor General Report on Parks Makes Strong Case for Increased Funding

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

A report from the State's Auditor General on Park Management makes it clear Tasmania's world class national parks and reserves are under-funded, severely impacting on park management.

The audit report released today confirms concerns that the Parks and Wildlife Service is being starved of the resources it needs to properly manage reserves and visitor impacts as visitor numbers grow.

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