Confirmation today from Environment Minister Greg Hunt that the Abbott government is acting on its threat to destroy Tasmania's globally recognised World Heritage area will also destroy Australia's international standing and open up divisions in the Tasmanian community.
"The world was shocked when the Taliban bombed Afghanistan's World Heritage recognised Buddha statues and will be again when it hears of Tony Abbott's attempts to cut down Tasmania's World Heritage forests," Greens Leader Senator Milne said.
"Our World Heritage area is a drawcard for international and local tourists. Tony Abbott's lack of respect for what makes us unique is a global embarrassment.
"It beggars belief that Prime Minister Tony Abbott is inviting international condemnation and dividing Tasmania simply to give into the pro-logging ideology of Senator Eric Abetz and the Tasmanian Liberals.
"The Greens will do everything in our power to prevent the environmental vandalism of the Abbott government and will work internationally to thwart this attack on our forests.
"If the Liberals have their way, the world will lose ancient forests but Tasmania will suffer the most because its clean, green image based on environmental values will be tarnished. The flow on effect will not only be on tourism but also the food and beverage sector and ironically the timber industry itself.
"Every market for timber in the world will know that product from Tasmania is compromised because of the government's destruction of formerly World Heritage listed ancient forests."