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Burke places money and mines before Tarkine

Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, must explain why he will allow the assessment of mining proposals to occur in the Tarkine before acting on advice before him to permanently heritage list the region, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne said today.

"Minister Burke today claimed on ABC local radio to have no information leading to the emergency heritage listing of the Tarkine, but failed to mention a report buried in his department recommending the Tarkine be listed.

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Burke must reject Abbot Point port climate disaster

Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke must use his powers to reject the Abbot Point coal export terminal now that the Queensland Government has given it the go ahead, the Australian Greens said today.

The six new coal terminals proposed at Abbot Point would enable the export of an additional 180 megatonnes of coal each year, leading to some 450 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions when burnt. Australia's total domestic emissions are 542 million tonnes.

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Biodiversity funds Board has an exciting and challenging job ahead

The newly appointed members of the independent Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Board have an exciting and challenging job to manage $1.7 billion in funds to protect biodiversity and create jobs in rural Australia and indigenous communities, the Australian Greens said today.

"The $1.7 billion biodiversity funds are one of the most exciting aspects of the Clean Energy Future package," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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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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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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