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Thousands unite to support World Heritage protections

Media Release
Christine Milne 30 Jan 2014

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has today accepted the delivery of a petition of over 68,000 signatures calling for the Abbott government to protect Tasmania's ancient forests and abandon its plan to wrench them out of the World Heritage Area and allow logging.

"Winding back World Heritage protection will make us a global laughing stock," Senator Milne said.

"The February 1 UNESCO deadline for nominations and amendments looms as the government is looking to slash forest protection in Tasmania, is further delaying the long overdue listing at Cape York, and risking the Great Barrier Reef being listed as ‘Heritage in Danger'.

"Australian are not alone in valuing our high conservation forests and precious natural places. Around the world thousands of people have joined with Tasmanians and Australians to sign this petition.

"Petition creator Abby Gee is a great example of one person making a difference. Instead of lamenting Tony Abbott's environmental vandalism, she has acted by coordinating this petition.

"There is no future for Tasmania in native forest logging. If we give in to Tony Abbott's ideological obsession with logging the state will be set back for decades.

"There is no future in a dig it up, cut it down and ship it away mindset. We must protect our magnificent environment and create jobs for generations to come.

"The Abbott government's position on World Heritage is ideology, not policy. It risks Tasmania's clean green image and threatens more than 63,000 jobs dependent on the Great Barrier Reef."


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