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Greens warn Tasmania: Don’t kill the goose that laid tourism’s golden egg

Christine Milne 21 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens say the Tasmanian government cannot be trusted to properly assess the environmental impacts of development in national parks and World Heritage areas, for which it has today opened expressions of interest.

"Unfortunately in Tasmania we have a government with the mentality that if you can't dig it up or cut it down then you should put a resort on it. That's a very bad idea," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"The Greens want Tasmania to benefit from a strong tourism industry, so the Hodgman government has to get real.

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Tourism council should back World Heritage

If the Tourism Industry Council really cares about World Heritage areas it should come out against the Abbott government’s attempts to delist and log them, Australian Greens senators said today.

“It’s a bit rich for the Tourism Industry Council to be appealing to Bob Brown to help it sell tourism in World Heritage Areas while the Abbott government is trying to destroy them,” Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Old parties put tourism jewels at risk

Christine Milne 29 Aug 2013

The Australian Greens have pledged a $100 million boost for tourism marketing as the old parties threaten to destroy our tourism jewels and the half a million jobs that rely on them.

"Our natural attractions are Australia's biggest tourism drawcards," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"They define us in the international mind. Every year thousands of people visit places like the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu and Uluru and come to see unique animals like the koala, leadbeater's possum and Tasmanian devil.

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Tasmania into the future - ABC Saturday Extra

Christine Milne joined a panel on ABC Saturday Extra to outline the Greens' vision for Tasmania's clean green and clever economic future.

Tasmania has so many advantages that the Greens have worked hard to develop, from the innovation economy with scientific research hubs and the NBN, through tourism and ecosystem services with wilderness protection, creativity and the arts, growing healthy food & much more.

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A Different World - Speech to the National Press Club

The Government and other naysayers say it can't be done. The Greens say it must be done, so it will be done.

Christine Milne spoke today at the National Press Club in Canberra, televised nationally on ABC1, setting out the Greens' vision for a safe climate and setting that against what the Government is proposing with the CPRS.

You can read the speech here and please use this as an open thread to discuss the issues it raises!

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A Different World - Speech to the National Press Club

Thank you for your warm welcome. I begin by acknowledging the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners of the land.

Gandhi once said, "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems."

We have reached a point in human history where 'what we do' on this planet imperils our survival. Now is the moment to re-imagine and reconsider 'what we are capable of doing'.

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Greens say Bali range of 25-40% needed for emissions trading legislation

The Greens today reiterated that emissions targets of 25 to 40 per cent below 1990 levels are the starting point for any negotiations on the Federal Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme legislation.

“Unless the world, including Australia, adopts such targets, the risk of catastrophic climate change will be too great,” said Greens spokesperson on Climate Change, Senator Christine Milne.

“Without such emissions targets, Australia risks losing the Great Barrier Reef, the Snowies and the Murray-Darling Basin.

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