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Urgent government action needed to fix Tasmanian rental affordability

The release of the April edition of CoreLogic's Quarterly Rental Review report is yet another indication that government must take urgent action to tackle rental affordability. 

The report shows Hobart's rents have increased by another 8.7% in the last 12 months. Disturbingly it also shows the cost to rent a house in the state capital has grown by 55.9% in the last 10 years, with the median rental rate now at $547 a week. 

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Federal Government scraps recovery plans for Tasmanian flora and fauna at risk of extinction

Tasmanian species on the brink of extinction have today lost their federally funded recovery plans despite the Federal Government being well aware that these critical plans expired today.

This includes recovery plans for some of Tasmania’s most iconic birds, such as the critically endangered swift parrot, the forty-spotted pardalote, King Island brown thornbill, King Island scrubtit as well as the Wedge-tailed Eagle.

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Tasmania left out in the cold by Federal Budget

The Greens have slammed the Morrison Government for using the budget for cynical electioneering purposes, while simultaneously destroying what makes lutruwita/Tasmania unique. 

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

“This is an election Budget for the next 6 weeks, designed by the Morrison Government to buy and bribe its way back into office. There is no plan, no vision for Tasmania. 

“Sadly, the environment and climate are the big losers in this budget. 

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50th celebration of the Greens takes Adam Bandt to party's roots

Leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt will tonight attend 50th anniversary celebrations for the Green movement in Tasmania, marking a full half century since local protests against the destruction of Lake Pedder, which cascaded into the largest third party political force in Australia today.

At the event, Mr Bandt will outline the party’s successes over the past 50 years of political and social movements, while providing an outline of the Greens election platform for Tasmania, and pathway to victory at the upcoming federal election.

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Greens pledge $580M to fix Tassie’s health system

Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP has said that in balance of power in the Senate after the next election, the Greens will use their power to push the next Federal Government to boost Tasmania’s public hospitals, unveiling the Party’s plan to deliver over half a billion dollars to ensure that Tasmania can meet growing demand.

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Science funding for Antarctica yet again put on ice

Today’s Antarctic announcement from the Morrison Government is a political ploy that provides no certainty for Tasmania’s globally significant science community and is a distraction from the real threat facing the Antarctic: climate change. 
 

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

 

“The Government has a penchant for big announcements and cutting ribbons but not for investing in people and critical science programs.
 

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Morrison can't see the forest for the trees

Today’s recycled tree planting  plan from the Prime Minister has been slammed by the Greens as little more than a cynical electioneering stunt from a Government that has failed spectacularly at delivering on decades of promises to “Green Australia”.

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

“Everyone wants to see more trees planted, but Tasmanians shouldn't be so easily conned by the PM and his Government.

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Incredulous, infuriating: the Tasmanian devil recovery plan set to be axed by Morrison Government

The Greens have condemned the Morrison Government for proposing changes to conservation planning decisions that would see the Tasmanian devil recovery plan scrapped.

Greens Senator for lutruwita/Tasmania Peter Whish-Wilson said:

“Tasmanian devils are endangered and their recovery from the infectious cancer that decimated their population is far from over.

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