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Tarkine ignored. Region must be recognised as ecosystem of national significance

Tony Burke's National Press Club speech today in which he outlined his intention to consider the heritage listing of many sites throughout Australia was incomplete without mention of the Tarkine region, Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne said.

"How can the Environment Minister stand in front of our national broadcaster and say that on one hand we must add a layer of environmental protection that acts well in advance of searching for endangered species, whilst on the other hand denying the Tarkine any immediate protection from the current Tasmanian mining rush"

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Laborials turn backs on Tarkine

Both the Government and Coalition must explain why they both today denied an urgently-needed World Heritage assessment of the Tarkine, despite supporting it almost five years ago, says Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne.

Labor and Coalition senators today voted down a motion tabled by Senator Milne calling on the government to uphold an undertaking made by the Howard government asking the Australian Heritage Council to review the Tarkine's World Heritage values.

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Burke must initiate Tarkine world heritage assessment

The federal Minister for Environment must explain why a review of the Tarkine's world heritage values was never made despite a pledge to do so almost five years ago, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne said today.

In 2007 a motion by former Democrats Senator, Andrew Bartlett, to recommend the Tarkine be assessed for world heritage values was passed by both major parties.

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Milne calls for immediate Tarkine listing

The Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke must heed the advice of the Heritage Council and immediately protect the Tarkine from future threats, says Australian Greens Deputy Leader Christine Milne.

"No area in Australia has been assessed, reassessed and then reassessed again as has occurred with the Tarkine heritage assessment with more than six delays since 2004 and a lapsed emergency listing.

"It seems that current and past environment ministers dither and call for more consultation despite being presented with the facts and the community needs to ask ,why?

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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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Caution still needed despite findings from new devil research

News today of researchers confirming a genetically diverse Tasmanian devil population in the state's North West has been welcomed by Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

Researchers from the universities of Sydney and Tasmania are hopeful of a natural immunity to devil facial tumour disease being present in the genetic make-up of the North West devils, but Senator Milne has warned there is still a long way to go if we are to save them from extinction.

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Garrett to consider devils as critically endangered

Greens deputy leader, Senator Christine Milne has welcomed a decision by the Federal Minister for Environment to consider uplisting the Tasmanian devil's status from endangered to critically endangered.

"This is encouraging news from Minister Garrett. Last year I called for the official process of uplisting to be opened following news of the devil's continued decline."

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Milne welcomes news of Tarkine heritage listing

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne has welcomed the emergency heritage listing of the Tarkine wilderness by the Federal Minister for Environment and Heritage.

"Peter Garrett has made the right decision in exercising his powers of emergency listing to protect the natural and cultural values of the Tarkine, in light of the Tasmanian government's proposal to build an environmentally destructive road through the region."

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