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World Heritage deception a disgrace

Media Release
Christine Milne 7 Jun 2014

Australian Greens Leader and Tasmanian Senator Christine Milne says the Abbott government's own Environment Department has again undermined claims that large swathes of the Tasmanian Wilderness should lose World Heritage protection.

"The World Heritage Committee will be disgusted that the Australian Government so brazenly tried to mislead it, in efforts to access forests for logging" said Senator Milne.

"Tony Abbott must stop trashing Tasmania's clean, green and clever reputation. He must withdraw this shameful request to change the boundary of the TWWHA and spare the World Heritage Committee from his ideological agenda, before the Committee meets in Qatar later this month.

"When the World Heritage Committee expanded our Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area only last year, they did so with full knowledge that some small areas needed rehabilitation.

"The Environment Department through the Senate Committee and now from the Secretary have confirmed what the world knows, and that is that only small areas have been disturbed and need rehabilitating

"What's just been revealed is that the Abbott Government is prepared to deliberately mislead UNESCO and undermine the World heritage Convention to get its way.

"The Abbott government should get on with rehabilitating disturbed areas and get the cultural interpretation underway to enhance our World Heritage Area, not seek to undermine its outstanding universal values.

"The World Heritage Committee's draft decision recommending rejection of the Abbott government's submission, along with the evidence from Australia's own Environment Department, will reinforce to other state parties to the Convention of the extent to which the Abbott Government is ruled by ideology, not responsibility."


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