"The Tasmanian Government's approval of the Shree Minerals iron ore mine in the Tarkine now puts the ball firmly in Tony Burke's court to protect the precious habitat of the Tasmanian devil." Australian Greens Leaders, Senator Christine Milne said today.
"This destructive decision demonstrates again how Labor can't be trusted on the environment and they are even prepared to jeopardise the survival of the Tasmanian devil.
"Now it's up to federal Environment Minister Tony Burke to step in and fix this mess.
"Too often the community and tax payers have had to foot the bill for clean-up costs after polluting companies have destroyed the land. Without any rehabilitation measures and watered down environmental conditions, the Tasmanian Labor government has failed to stand up to vested interests for the sake of the environment and the community.
"The Tarkine, as one of our last remaining great wilderness areas, the largest cool temperate rainforest in Australia that home to more than 60 rare and threatened species, and home to priceless Aboriginal heritage, needs to be protected. It is too precious to lose.
"Global demand for our resources is falling, and as thousands of people are losing their jobs in mining around the country it shows us that we can't put all our eggs in one basket.
"We need to diversify our industries, and take seriously the need to shift to a clean, green and clever economy. We need to think long-term and reflect on what we want to leave future generations.