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Tasmania can't be trusted on environmental approvals

Senator MILNE (Tasmania—Leader of the Australian Greens) (12:55): I oppose the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill, which has been put forward by the Abbott government. It is the biggest systemic assault on the environment since the time that the Commonwealth took any responsibility for environmental decisions at the time of the Franklin dam. Why do I say that?

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Libs lay ideological punishment on environment groups

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Liberal Party's push to remove the charitable status of environment groups amounts to an attack on democracy.

"This is an extension of the Abbott government's ideological attack on the environment," said Senator Milne.

"Tax deductibility should apply to all groups that benefit the community and it's not fair for the Liberals to blacklist environmental groups just because they don't like what they stand for.

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