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Tarkine Road re-appearance should trigger Emergency Heritage Listing

The re-lodgement of the Tarkine Road for federal approval gives Environment Minister, Tony Burke, an immediate reason to finally put the Tarkine wilderness on the National Heritage list, the Australian Greens said today.

The Tasmanian government's withdrawal of the Tarkine Road proposal, which would have a devastating impact on the last remaining disease-free Tasmanian devil population, was given by the Minister as the key reason previous emergency listing of the Tarkine was allowed to expire.

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Time is running out for the Tarkine: Emergency Heritage Listing vital by December 2

The Greens will tomorrow move in the Senate to call on the Minister for the Environment to immediately include the Tarkine on the National Heritage List to ensure that the extraordinary wilderness's heritage values can be considered in the environmental assessment of proposed mines.

"The Tarkine is renowned around the world as a spectacular and important wilderness area, but it has been ‘under consideration' for heritage listing since 2004 with no final decision," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Infected devils on door of Tarkine. Feds must heritage list now

The discovery of Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease on a previously healthy devil in the state's North-West means the Federal Environment Minister can no longer delay his decision on heritage listing the Tarkine, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne said today.

"Alarm bells have now moved on to death knells as the transmissible cancer looks to have crossed the Murchison Highway and now stands on the doorstep of the devil's final stronghold in the Tarkine.

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Historic Senate vote changes climate

The Australian Greens are celebrating the historic Senate vote for world-leading legislation to tackle the global nemesis of climate change.

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown congratulated Greens Deputy Leader Christine Milne and the Gillard government for giving Australia a real breakthrough in tackling that nemesis of climate change.

"People 50 years, or 500 years, from now will thank us for doing this," Senator Brown said.

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Will forest agreement be renegotiated?

Forestry Minister, Joe Ludwig must reveal once and for all if the Gillard government will intervene as Premier Giddings endorses logging within informally reserved forests secured under the Tasmanian forests Intergovernmental Agreement, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne said today.

"I asked Minister Ludwig today if the Federal government will stand by as Premier Giddings persists in breaching the conditions of the IGA, but his response simply outlined that an agreement exists to move Tasmania away from destroying its prime, native forest habitats.

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Forests agreement clear: logging must stop

The government agreement to stop logging in Tasmania's wild forests is clear: logging must stop in the 430,000ha that the Prime Minister and Premier said would be protected, Australian Greens Deputy Leader Christine Milne said today.

"We've heard that Forestry Tasmania cannot move its logging out of the area. The next step is to issue compensation to those contract holders as the agreement clearly states," Senator Milne said.

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Tarkine Devil Project a great step but Tarkine National Heritage vital

The Tarkine Devil Project jointly launched by Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, today will be an important step in saving the Tasmanian devil from extinction, but National Heritage protection for the Tarkine wilderness is needed to compliment it.

"If we are really determined to stop the Tassie devil from going the way of the Tassie tiger, protecting the habitat of the last wild healthy population of devils is a must," Senator Milne said

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Wightman’s hypocrisy on threatened species

State Environment Minister, Brian Wightman is misleading Tasmanians when claiming the government must do all it can to protect endangered species, Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne said today.

"Tasmanians will be outraged to hear that in the same week Mr Wightman is seeking a meeting with Minister Burke to try to prevent the heritage listing of the Tarkine , he is also announcing two days later that we must do all we can to protect our threatened species.

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