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Milne welcomes news of Tarkine heritage listing

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne has welcomed the emergency heritage listing of the Tarkine wilderness by the Federal Minister for Environment and Heritage.

"Peter Garrett has made the right decision in exercising his powers of emergency listing to protect the natural and cultural values of the Tarkine, in light of the Tasmanian government's proposal to build an environmentally destructive road through the region."

"Two years ago the Australian Greens made clear in our submission to the Australian Heritage Council that the Tarkine met each of the nine criteria for National Heritage listing, and now the Federal government is backing our claim with an emergency listing."

"With both of the state's opposition parties, the Federal government and many Tasmanians recognising the value of a protected Tarkine wilderness, it seems Premier Bartlett is running out of support for his ill considered road."

"It's a logical second step for Minister Garrett to back up today's sensible move with a full rejection of the proposed road."

"The road would threaten one of the world's most pristine rainforest environments, destroy valuable cultural sites, and push the endangered Tasmanian devil towards extinction by opening up its final stronghold to facial tumour disease."

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