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Rear vision big-business budget to hit poor and sick hardest

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott's budget has been written for big business and will further divide Australia between the haves and have-nots, especially for sick, young and vulnerable people.

"This is a divisive and brutal budget written in the boardrooms of big business," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Tony Abbott's rhetoric about sharing the burden is a lie. Big business has been quarantined. Young people, the sick and vulnerable take the biggest hit.

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Tarkine mining jobs lies must be exposed

The mining company that was supposed to bring a jobs boom to northwest Tasmania is coming unstuck, prompting the Australian Greens to once again call for the Tarkine to be protected.

Amid reports that Shree Mining is in serious financial strife, Greens Leader and Tasmanian Senator Christine Milne says it's clear that promised economic and jobs benefits were nothing more than unsubstantiated hype.

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Regulation bonfire is a smokescreen

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott is trying to burn up important protections in his so-called regulation bonfire.

"When Tony Abbott has a bonfire of regulations he hides his true agenda in the smoke," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"The Prime Minister's rhetoric on this repeal day is all about storytelling and hiding help for his mates. Many of these changes are routine review of redundant regulations, but there are some very bitter pills.

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Game over for coal seam gas

The Australian Greens are calling to halt unconventional gas extraction right across the country after the contamination of groundwater from Santos' operation in north-western NSW.

"20 times the safe limit of uranium in the water there. That's a shocking finding that demonstrates the extreme danger to communities posed by coal seam gas extraction," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"The community has been told endlessly that there will be no contamination of aquifers, but now there is proof.

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Abbott government turns its back on Tarkine values

The Abbott government has turned its back on saving the Tassie devil with proposed changes to federal environmental law announced today, Greens Leader Christine Milne said today.

"Federal law requires the Environment Minister to consider advice about how to protect threatened plants and animals when deciding to approve projects," Senator Milne said.

"Under these changes the minister would be able to approve mines in the Tarkine, and other areas of the state, without considering a key piece of expert advice on what the devil and other threatened species need to survive.

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Minister Butler’s Tarkine comments disappointing

Christine Milne 18 Jul 2013

Minister Mark Butler's comments on the review of the Shree Minerals Tarkine decision this morning suggest it will be all show and no substance, Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"Minister Butler says he will meet with groups and individuals brought together by local member and avowed pro-mining advocate Sid Sidebottom," Senator Milne said.

"While meeting with local groups is part of his job, Minister Butler should also be meeting with tourism operators and producers who rely on the clean, green Tasmanian brand.

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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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Tarkine Devil Project a great step but Tarkine National Heritage vital

The Tarkine Devil Project jointly launched by Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, today will be an important step in saving the Tasmanian devil from extinction, but National Heritage protection for the Tarkine wilderness is needed to compliment it.

"If we are really determined to stop the Tassie devil from going the way of the Tassie tiger, protecting the habitat of the last wild healthy population of devils is a must," Senator Milne said

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Milne welcomes Tarkine Rd decision - time for a Tarkine National Park

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, today welcomed the Bartlett government's decision to dump the Tarkine Road and called on the government to now move for a Tarkine National Park.

"Now is a great opportunity to transfer the funds that had been allocated to the destructive road into our critically under-resourced Parks and Wildlife Service."

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