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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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Government has no plans to restore AFP to Hobart Airport even after runway expansion

Today in the Senate Estimates Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee hearing, the Greens Senator for Tasmania Peter Whish-Wilson, grilled the government on whether it has any plans to restore Australian Federal Police to Hobart airport after its proposed expansion.

Senator Whish-Wilson asked that given the government is planning to expand the Hobart airport runway will they reconsider the cutting of AFP staff upon expansion.

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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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