"The Minister against the Environment has done it again - he's given the green light for more environmental destruction, this time at Maules Creek," said leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne.
"Tony Burke has given the go-ahead to expand coal seam gas and coal mining to the detriment of critically endangered species. It's another crime against the environment.
"Why hasn't Minister Burke examined the scientists' view that false and misleading information was presented to the Federal Government in regards to offsets?
"Is it any wonder that communities are fed up with both Labor and the Coalition at Federal and State level?
"Mr Burke and the Gillard Government have sold out again and given the green light to miners from one end of the country to the other, from the Great Barrier Reef to James Price Point, the Tarkine and now the Leard forest.
"There is not one single environmental backbone in the entire Labor party. The Greens are the only party that can be trusted to care for the environment.
"The Prime Minister, Tony Burke, Paul Howes, Tony Abbott, Labor and the Coalition - the whole lot of them are in the arms of the mining industry.
"What will Tony Burke approve next?
"These environmental treasures are too precious to lose.
"Australians should remember that a vote for the Greens is a vote for the environment.
"A vote for Labor or the Coalition is a vote for Gina Rinehart, Clive Palmer, the mining lobby and accelerated global warming."