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China Antarctic MOU welcome boost to Tasmanian economy

China's commitment to using Australia as an Antarctic gateway is welcome news for Tasmanians working in the science, research and shipping sectors, Greens senators said today.

"The Antarctic and Southern Ocean research sector is worth millions to the Tasmanian economy. China's commitment will help ensure it continues to play a strong role for years to come," Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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More Tasmanian jobs threatened by PM Abbott’s environmental assault

Tony Abbott's so-called "government of no surprises" has been turned on its head again by revelations that savage cuts will be made to the Hobart-based Australian Antarctic Division, as part of an Environment Department budget contraction worth $100 million and 480 jobs .

"During the election campaign, Mr Abbott flew into Hobart and announced $38 million to expand the airport's capacity for Antarctic flights and another $24 million for Antarctic research," said Australian Greens Leader and Tasmanian Senator Christine Milne.

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Antarctic promises still fall short

Christine Milne 29 Aug 2013

The Australian Greens have welcomed news that both Labor and the Coalition have now joined the Greens in supporting the continuation of Antarctic climate and ecosystems research but say the promises still fall short of what is required.

"In a race for votes in Tasmania, it is not surprising they are making a last minute pitch by announcing they will increase support for Antarctica," said Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.

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Transcript: Christine Milne with Anna Reynolds: Antarctic research policy launch, forestry grant rorts

Christine Milne 15 Mar 2013

Subjects: Greens Antarctic and marine research funding launch, rorts in forest contractor grants


CHRISTINE MILNE: We are here today to launch the Australian Greens' policy on support for Antarctic science and a big injection into the future prosperity, not only of Tasmania but in terms of global science, a major injection into a better understanding of the role of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans in the global climate system.

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Greens Antarctic and Marine Science Initiative will boost Hobart’s global reputation

Christine Milne 15 Mar 2013

The Australian Greens have today launched a $205 million policy initiative to properly resource Australia's Antarctic and Marine Science.

"Antarctica is the world's last great wilderness area.  It is an incredible place for scientific exploration and provides an unparalleled source of information on our climate and health of our oceans. It is also a fantastic opportunity for Tasmania." said Senator Christine Milne, launching the initiative.

The Australian Greens propose to:

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Greens call on Government to continue to support marine parks for Antarctica

The Australian Greens today expressed disappointment at the failure of the CCAMLR talks to establish the largest marine reserve on the planet and urged the Australian Government  to continue their efforts in the talks in Germany next year.

"Just this week in a briefing to Parliamentarians CSIRO acknowledged the limited understanding of the biodiversity of marine ecosystems and that is on top of the threats proposed by climate change and more acidic oceans on the food chain" said Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne.

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Gillard Govt must send observers to whaling fleet urgently

With the Steve Irwin now escorting the damaged Brigitte Bardot back to port, leaving the Bob Barker the only vessel still attempting to stop the whaling fleet, the Gillard Government must urgently send an observer to the area, the Australian Greens said today.

"If Tony Burke is concerned about safety in the Southern Ocean, as well as protecting whales in the sanctuary, he should immediately send an observer ship to the area," Australian Greens Acting Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Government must send ship to observe whaling

With heightened risks of violence in the Southern Ocean, the Government must immediately send a ship to observe the whaling fleet, the Australian Greens said today.

"With a drone reporting that people in paramilitary uniforms have been seen on the decks of Japanese whaling ships, Australlia needs a strong presence in the Southern Ocean to help head off violent clashes," Australian Greens Acting Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said today.

"Legal action is not enough in these circumstances. We need a presence in the area.

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