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Greens welcome Arctic activist Colin Russell’s safe return home for the New Year

Colin Russell's dedication and commitment to peacefully protecting the Arctic is admirable, and today we welcome his safe return home to Tasmania with his family, said Greens' spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.
 
"The Greens want to extend our thanks to Colin for his admirable work protecting the Arctic's pristine environment from oil drilling.
 
"This has been an incredibly difficult time for the members of the Arctic 30 and their families, as they faced disproportionate and ludicrous charges in Russia and were detained in harsh conditions for months.
 

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Greens to fund threatened species research, habitat protection and wildlife carers in Tasmania.

Today, at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, the Australian Greens announced a costed plan to fund threatened species research, habitat protection and support wildlife carers in Tasmania.

"Across Australia, we're facing an extinction crisis - with more than 20 per cent of our mammal species threatened with extinction," Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said.

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Burke allows mining in areas even John Howard protected

"Minister Burke's decision to abandon the Tarkine to the mining industry is not only a disgrace, but it's a crime against the environment." Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne said.

"What possible justification can an environment minister have for abandoning the environment to the mining industry?

"No doubt Tony Abbott is cheering as he would go even further and not only mine the Tarkine but reject any end to logging.

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Tarkine trashed in cynical pre-Christmas dump

In take-out-the-trash week, Environment Minister, Tony Burke, has today announced the first step in the trashing of the world renowned Tarkine wilderness.

"We can now expect Minister Burke to approve several more mines, and excise their footprint from any Heritage listing, once again putting short term profits ahead of the long-term interests of the Tarkine and the communities who depend on it," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Questions Without Notice // National Heritage Listing of the Tarkine

Check out Peter’s Questions Without Notice to Senator Stephen Conroy representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Tony Burke, on the Tarkine. Senator Conroy’s responses show the Government aren’t concerned the region is subject to 58 exploration licences, three granted mining leases, two planned mining leases and an unknown number of the remaining 58 licences being progressed toward the granting of mining leases, covering 80% of the Tarkine.

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Greens Back Reviving Old Mines, Not Opposed to Existing Mines

 

Mathew Dunckley

Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson said the party strongly opposed new open-cut mines in the area, which is under

consideration for World Heritage listing, but would accept plans to revive some moth-balled mines.

“The whole line that is being pushed against us in Tasmania is that we want to shut down the mining industry, which is

absolute rubbish,” he said.

“Mining is the biggest contributor to gross state product; no one is talking about shutting it down.”

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