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Tasmanian Government can’t be trusted on wilderness

Christine Milne 23 Mar 2015

The Tasmanian Government can't be trusted to look after our wilderness, Australian Greens leader Christine Milne said today, following the release of evidence it ignored scientific advice not to log swift parrot habitat.

Senator Milne also released her submission to the Wilderness World Heritage Area draft management plan process in which she slams the government's commitment to the area.

"The Tasmanian Government has reduced funding for our wilderness area, it wants to log and mine it, and sell it off to private developers.

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Greens caution Cabinet on China bank

Tony Abbott's Cabinet is expected to make a formal decision to sign Australia up to the new Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank on Monday, but the Greens say tighter environmental and human rights standards must be agreed to first.

"Cabinet should not commit to joining the new bank until tighter environmental and human rights standards have been agreed to," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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Submisssion to the TWWHA draft management plan consultation

Christine Milne 23 Mar 2015

Submission from Senator Christine Milne

I have a strong interest in the management of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and am totally committed to upholding the Convention and its Operational Guidelines, which make clear the responsibility of the State Party, Australia, to uphold and enhance the Outstanding Universal Values of a property.

What is being proposed in Tasmania is wrong and is in contravention of the Convention and its Operational Guidelines.

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PM Abbott’s vision for Australia: "dull" just camouflage for damaging, extreme

Greens Leader Christine Milne says the thousands of people who've taken to the streets today for the March in March are crying out for a vision from Australia's political leaders, which delivers in the public interest, not just business as usual for vested interests.

"People are just so disillusioned. We all know we don't want the cruel cuts on offer from the Abbott government, but we also deserve better than a dull budget that preserves the status quo and holds Australia back," said Senator Milne.

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Greens honour service of ADF in Afghanistan

The Australian Greens today join the community in honouring the service of the men and women who served in Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper and welcome them home.

"Around Australia today people have come together to say thank you to all those who put their lives on the line in Afghanistan, and to honour their service, and I join them," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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Say no: RET cut another act of intergenerational theft

The Greens are calling on Labor to reject the Abbott government's ‘offer' to cut the Renewable Energy Target.

"This is just like the government's cuts to Medicare and universities. Attacking clean energy is bad policy that will cost Australians, immediately and for generations to come," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"Labor must not shake on a bad deal that will destroy renewable energy, destroy jobs, drive power bills up, and keep Australia reliant on dirty power.

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Greens move for Intergenerational Report reality check

Greens Leader Christine Milne will this afternoon introduce the Greens' bill to require that Australia's Intergenerational Reports be conducted by the independent Parliamentary Budget Office and allow a rewrite of this year's politically laden report.

"The 2015 Intergenerational Report was a partisan disgrace. Australians deserve a realistic road map for the next 40 years that takes into account the physical and economic impacts of global warming, and one that reflects our ambition to close the gap for First Australians," said Senator Milne.

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