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FT weasel words mislead taxpayers

Forestry Tasmania's latest trading results show a failing GBE clinging desperately on to the dying native forestry industry, and demonstrate again that trees on trucks cost the Tasmanian tax payer millions of dollars, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne said.

"Here we have Forestry Tasmania managing the state's forest resources for a huge loss.

"It is a sorry situation when you see the Managing Director of Forestry Tasmania openly bragging of a $12 million loss because it was a slight reduction on last year's abysmal figures.

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Time to draw a line under the pulp mill

The announcement by Gunns of a $355.5 million loss, and the Prime Minister's welcome comment that the pulp mill's future is now a ‘commercial question', should mark the end of the line for the Gunns pulp mill and the opening of a new, cleaner, jobs-rich future for Tasmania.

"If we can now draw a line under heavily subsidised logging of native forests and uncommercial pulp mill proposals, Tasmania can finally face the future with confidence," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Tarkine ignored. Region must be recognised as ecosystem of national significance

Tony Burke's National Press Club speech today in which he outlined his intention to consider the heritage listing of many sites throughout Australia was incomplete without mention of the Tarkine region, Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne said.

"How can the Environment Minister stand in front of our national broadcaster and say that on one hand we must add a layer of environmental protection that acts well in advance of searching for endangered species, whilst on the other hand denying the Tarkine any immediate protection from the current Tasmanian mining rush"

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Triabunna deal needs federal intervention

The Federal Government seems incredibly naïve when it comes to the history and culture of cronyism in the forest industry in Tasmania, but ignorance is no excuse when it comes to the spending of public money, Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne said today.

"No Commonwealth funding should flow to Tasmania from any forest agreement until the whole murky deal surrounding the Triabunna woodchip mill is exposed.

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Laborials turn backs on Tarkine

Both the Government and Coalition must explain why they both today denied an urgently-needed World Heritage assessment of the Tarkine, despite supporting it almost five years ago, says Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne.

Labor and Coalition senators today voted down a motion tabled by Senator Milne calling on the government to uphold an undertaking made by the Howard government asking the Australian Heritage Council to review the Tarkine's World Heritage values.

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Burke must initiate Tarkine world heritage assessment

The federal Minister for Environment must explain why a review of the Tarkine's world heritage values was never made despite a pledge to do so almost five years ago, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne said today.

In 2007 a motion by former Democrats Senator, Andrew Bartlett, to recommend the Tarkine be assessed for world heritage values was passed by both major parties.

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Gunns Pulp mill proposal ‘Still Stinks’

An anti-pulp mill postcard commissioned by Senator Christine Milne and distributed throughout the wider Tamar region has seen more than 800 Tasmanians calling on Premier Lara Giddings to abandon the environmentally destructive mill.

"This postcard says it in black and white; the Gunns pulp mill, from its corrupt approvals process to its impact on local residents and businesses, still stinks.

"Northern Tasmania has yet again told the Premier that they do not want the mill because it will seriously impact the Tamar economy and environment.

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