"The Tasmanian Government, in particular Minister Bryan Green, is sabotaging the Intergovernmental Agreement on Tasmania's forests by recklessly approving a mining lease over 362 hectares in the Meredith Range in the heart of the Tarkine," Australian Greens leader, Senator Christine Milne, said today.
"This is an area under active consideration for National and World Heritage listing, as part of the Intergovernmental Agreement process.
"Minister Tony Burke should require Minister Green to reverse his decision on the mining lease, since no environmental assessment has been done.
"The Tarkine has been under consideration for environmental protection for its outstanding natural and cultural values for over a decade.
"Crunch time is now, and Minister Burke can no longer delay. The Tasmanian Government has forced his hand, and I call on him to immediately list the Tarkine on the National Heritage list."