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Senate Supports Independent Inquiry into Tasmanian World Heritage Area Bushfires

The Senate has today supported an independent inquiry into the fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The motion notes the damage already done by the fires, and calls for an independent inquiry into the response to the fires, and to inform improved planning and preparation for future fires.

“Only governments can establish the kind of inquiry this motion calls for, so the pressure is now firmly on Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman to take the issue seriously.”

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Federal Government refuses to back independent inquiry on TWWHA bushfires

Despite being asked in Senate Question Time today, the federal government has refused to commit to an independent inquiry into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area fires, refused to allocate further resources to help fight the fires, and refused to indicate whether the Tasmanian government has formally requested assistance.

“It took two weeks for the federal government to activate Emergency Management Australia provisions, and we have still have not found out why,” Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim said.

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Hodgman Bushfire “Review” Thought Bubble Not Good Enough

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman’s vague commitment to a review of his government’s response to the fires still burning in Tasmania is a totally unacceptable response to a national crisis, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

“Mr Hodgman’s thought bubble, released deep in the evening, contains no terms of reference, no commitment to seeking public input, or holding public hearings, and no indication of who might conduct the ‘review’,” Senator McKim said.

 

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TWWHA fires adjournment speech

Tasmania has so many beautiful places but one of its most breathtakingly spectacular places is the Walls of Jerusalem inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The clifftop walk in the walls—where you walk along an alpine plateau between King David's Peak and Solomon's Throne —is so beautiful and so other worldly.

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Resources needed to help prevent fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim has written to Environment Minister Greg Hunt to request urgent assistance to fight fires burning in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

“More than 11,000 hectares of the TWWHA have already been burned, with fires currently threatening multiple locations including the iconic Walls of Jerusalem area,” Senator McKim said.

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Lonely Government Called Out Over Logging The TWWHA

Lonely Planet should treat with extreme scepticism any letter from Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman which tries to argue that Tasmania’s wilderness is not under threat, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

“We’ve now got everyone from the United Nations to Lonely Planet telling the Tasmanian Government to stop compromising wilderness in Tasmania,” Senator McKim said.

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Turnbull Government defending Abbott plan to stop community from enforcing environment law

The Attorney-General last night in Senate Estimates confirmed the Turnbull Government was still pushing Abbott's plan to remove community rights to protect the environment.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and environment spokesperson, said:

"Trying to silence communities, farmers and everyone who cares about the environment is an atrocious idea and, if the Turnbull Government brings this on in the Senate, it will be defeated.

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Greens call on Turnbull to recall radicalisation booklet

The Greens are calling on Malcolm Turnbull to recall and recycle the Radicalisation Awareness Kit that claims environmentalism is a pathway to violent extremism.

"This booklet is so tainted by Tony Abbott's politics of fear it should be shredded. Malcolm Turnbull has got to assert his leadership and declare Abbott's culture wars are over," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Australians who care about our incredible natural environment should be congratulated, not silenced, abandoned and demonised as they have been by this Liberal Government.

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