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Tasmania sells out Tamar wineries as WA moves to protect Margaret River wine region

Just as the Tasmanian government has sold out the tourism and fine foods and wines industries in the Tamar Valley, the EPA in WA this week has rejected a coal mine 15km from Margaret River wine region to protect the area's social fabric.

"WA Premier Colin Barnett said last year that whilst his government was pro mining and predevelopment, he recognised there was a potential conflict of interest between a mine and the character of Margaret River.

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Setting the record straight: Milne said Pulp Mill decision set down years ago

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, has been misrepresented on her position on the Pulp Mill approval, hot on the heels of ongoing misrepresentation of her statements on transport's inclusion in a carbon pricing scheme.

Contrary to claims in an exchange between Barrie Cassidy and Malcolm Farr on ABC's Insiders program this morning, Senator Milne has never claimed that the Gillard government's approval of the Tamar Valley Pulp Mill was in any way about distancing itself from the Greens.

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Greens Reject Gunns Tamar Valley Pulp Mill

The Australian Greens today reaffirmed their opposition to the Gunns Tamar Valley Pulp Mill and vowed to support the Tasmanian community in its ongoing efforts to protect the environment and stop the mill.

"Everyone knows that the approval process for this mill was totally corrupt and instead of legitimising it, the Federal Government should have demanded that the proponents resubmit their final proposal to a proper assessment process." Senator Christine Milne said today.

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Milne calls for immediate Tarkine listing

The Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke must heed the advice of the Heritage Council and immediately protect the Tarkine from future threats, says Australian Greens Deputy Leader Christine Milne.

"No area in Australia has been assessed, reassessed and then reassessed again as has occurred with the Tarkine heritage assessment with more than six delays since 2004 and a lapsed emergency listing.

"It seems that current and past environment ministers dither and call for more consultation despite being presented with the facts and the community needs to ask ,why?

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Pulp Mill's latest extension

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said:

"Since he has given the company an additional week to put its case, Minister Burke should also immediately make available Gunns' hydrodynamic modelling and management plan for the community to scrutinise before next week.

"How unfair would it be to allow Gunns to fiddle with the conditions but stop the community from having a look at what they want?"

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Burke Must Release Gunns Pulp Mill Data

Minister Burke is denying the Tasmanian public natural justice by refusing to release critical data about the pollution of Bass Strait before making his decision on the adequacy of Gunns hydrodynamic modelling and management plan, the Australian Greens said today.

"It is not good enough to say that it is up to Gunns to release the information. The community deserves the right to evaluate the accuracy of Gunns claims before the Minister makes his decision," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

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Asian honey bee incursion will sting Tasmanians if government does not act

The Tasmanian and Federal government's decision to pull the plug on eradicating the Asian honey bee incursion in Cairns will have dire consequences for Tasmanian apiarists, farmers and much of our wildlife if not reinstated, says Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne.

With beekeepers from around Australia converging on Canberra, the Greens today once again called on the Gillard government to step up and fund efforts to eradicate the invasive Asian honey bee and to protect our food security and Tasmania's unique honey industry while it still has the chance.

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