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China Antarctic MOU welcome boost to Tasmanian economy

China's commitment to using Australia as an Antarctic gateway is welcome news for Tasmanians working in the science, research and shipping sectors, Greens senators said today.

"The Antarctic and Southern Ocean research sector is worth millions to the Tasmanian economy. China's commitment will help ensure it continues to play a strong role for years to come," Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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ASIO building debacle demands inquiry

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne has called for an independent inquiry into the ASIO building following revelations the building plans were accessed by Chinese hackers.

"There is a sorry saga associated with the ASIO building that goes back many years. It's a legacy of the Howard government and has been carried on by the Gillard government," Senator Milne said.

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