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Greens launch plan to protect lutruwita/Tasmania’s forests

The Greens have today launched a plan to protect lutruwita/Tasmania’s forests for future generations and for a safe climate, all while ensuring new job opportunities.

With states across Australia ending native logging, it’s clear the writing is on the wall for Tasmania’s native forest logging industry. The IPCC tells us our forests are the first line of defence against climate change and must be protected. Native forest logging is destroying biodiversity and undermining climate action, and consumers are waking up to the damage.

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Forestry sector needs reform, not expansion

The Greens have called for an end to native forest logging in addition to plantation forestry reform following the Morrison Government’s announcement today about increasing its self-reliance on wood supply. 

Quotes attributable to Greens Senator for lutruwita/Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson:

“It’s no surprise that the Liberal Party is announcing another taxpayer-subsidised lifeline to support the loss-making forestry industry in Tasmania prior to an election.

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Leave science to the scientists: Guy Barnett must release bushfire information

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has called on Tasmanian Minister for Resources Guy Barnett to not withhold critical information needed for bushfire research.

This data includes:

  • maps showing fire impacts
  • photo interpreted data
  • historical forest loss
  • forest change layer since logging commenced on public land in Tasmania

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "as Tasmania approaches bushfire season yet again, access to this information is critical.

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Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson writes about his experience at the Tarkine BioBlitz

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Whiteley must make amends for 'immature' comment on Tarkine

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said, "Yesterday a recently retired regional manager sounded the alarm by saying the move to reopen 4WD tracks in National Heritage areas of the Tarkine coast would damage more priceless Aboriginal sites.

"The Tarkine coastline was listed as a Cultural Heritage Landscape of National Significance because of its incredible Aboriginal history and yet it is being opened up for destruction.

"Brett Whiteley, the Member for Braddon, said that those who oppose the destruction of Aboriginal heritage in the Tarkine are 'fringe groups'.

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Rudd's plan a mixed bag for Tassie

Christine Milne 25 Jul 2013

"Kevin Rudd's $100 million plan is a mixed bag for Tasmania," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"There is no way federal dollars should be propping up Ta Ann. Tasmania's brand of clean, green and clever needs to be boosted, not undermined.

"Tasmania needs new industries that build on our environment and our global reputation.

"Tasmanians have been waiting for the hundred million dollars from the intergovernmental agreement to boost regional jobs and new industries. But this money was always contingent upon protection of the forests.

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Coalition a risk to nation's World Heritage areas

Christine Milne 25 Jun 2013

The Coalition today refused to support Tasmania's new World Heritage area extension or a logging ban in World Heritage areas anywhere in the nation, Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"Every Coalition senator in the chamber today voted against my motion which sought to celebrate and show support for our precious World Heritage areas and to prohibit logging," Senator Milne said.

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Tarkine Death Threats Have No Place in the Australian Political Landscape

The Australian Greens have condemned a series of death threats made against Tarkine wilderness campaigner Scott Jordan and his family on social media yesterday.

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said, “Tasmania has a proud history of robust political debate and protest, and there is no place for violent threats against anyone, let alone their family.

 “I call upon Paul Howes and the AWU to publicly reject this kind of behaviour and clearly state the need for restraint ahead of his pro-Tarkine mining rally at Tullah later this month.

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Julia Gillard Needs to Come Clean on Duplicitous Pulp Mill Stance

The Federal Government is in breach of its own Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) through refusing to rule out further Commonwealth support for the proposed Bell Bay pulp mill.

 Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said that it was “duplicitous” of Federal Labor to refuse to support his Senate motion last week calling for a commitment of no further support for this project.

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