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Tarkine trashed in cynical pre-Christmas dump

In take-out-the-trash week, Environment Minister, Tony Burke, has today announced the first step in the trashing of the world renowned Tarkine wilderness.

"We can now expect Minister Burke to approve several more mines, and excise their footprint from any Heritage listing, once again putting short term profits ahead of the long-term interests of the Tarkine and the communities who depend on it," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Protecting the Tarkine and Mining: The Facts

The umpire has spoken - the Tarkine is of outstanding national and world heritage

The Tarkine's values are well documented and take existing mining damage into account. In 2011 the Australian Heritage Council recommended 447,000ha be placed on the National Heritage List. However, this report mysteriously vanished from its website and Environment Minister Tony Burke now says it doesn't exist. He is the one who let the Emergency Heritage Listing of the Tarkine lapse and directed the Heritage Council to re-start its assessment and report in December 2013. 

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Burke must protect Tarkine urgently

"The Tasmanian Government's approval of the Shree Minerals iron ore mine in the Tarkine now puts the ball firmly in Tony Burke's court to protect the precious habitat of the Tasmanian devil." Australian Greens Leaders, Senator Christine Milne said today.

"This destructive decision demonstrates again how Labor can't be trusted on the environment and they are even prepared to jeopardise the survival of the Tasmanian devil.

"Now it's up to federal Environment Minister Tony Burke to step in and fix this mess.

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Our Tarkine’s future depends on protection

"Mining the Tarkine is to Lara Giddings what damming the Franklin was to Robin Gray." Senator Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens said today.

"Both these premiers are so entrenched in the view that destroying places for short-term economic outcomes and minimal jobs that will fail to see that long-term protection is a far better result for Tasmania. The premier must not give in to Paul Howes' bullying tactics, dropping in to whip up anger to divide the community.

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Tasmanian Greens State Conference Doorstop

Christine Milne 25 Aug 2012

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Subjects: National Commission against Corruption, Tasmanian Greens State Conference, Tarkine, supertrawler, environmental protection, Tony Abbott, Tasmanian Liberals State Conference

JOURNALIST: The anti-corruption watchdog you're pushing for, how much power would you like to see such a body have?

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