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Mount Roland Cable Car

The Tasmanian government is continuing to privatise public land through its secretive expressions of interest process, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

“The first-stage approval of the Mount Roland cable car is effectively a sell-off and lock up of one of the most precious and beautiful parts of our state,” Senator McKim said.

“The Liberals have learned nothing from the backlash over Lake Malbena, and want to push ahead with their secretive process.”

“Tasmania’s reserves, national parks and the TWWHA are not theirs to sell.”

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Developments in the TWWHA

Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim has referred the Tasmanian government's soliciting and facilitiation of private developments in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to the Integrity Commission.
“There is damning evidence that the management plan has been totally corrupted by the Liberals so their developer mates can make a few bucks," Senator McKim said.
"The Liberals have put profit over environment, and greed over integrity.”

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Urgent action needed to save Tassie’s East Coast reefs

The federal and state governments must take action to save Tasmania’s East Coast reefs.

“Our reefs are far too important to lose, but right now they are being devastated by urchin barrens and the rapidly warming waters of Tasmania’s East Coast,” Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim said.

“Tasmania’s East Coast is one of the world’s ocean warming hotspots, and the destruction of our reefs will have widespread impacts on species that rely on them and the wider marine environment.”

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Senate calls on Environment Minister to call in Lake Malbena development

The Senate has today called on federal Environment Minister Melissa Price to conduct a full assessment of the Lake Malbena development, including public consultation.

Greens Senator Nick McKim successfully passed a motion that pointed out the major problems with the development and approvals process.

“This development represents the privatisation of some of the most precious areas of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area,” Senator McKim said.

The people of Tasmania are clear – they don’t support this development.”

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Greens table Senate’s largest ever petition to protect takayna/Tarkine

Tasmanian Greens Senators Nick McKim and Peter Whish-Wilson have tabled the Senate’s largest ever petition, calling for takayna/Tarkine to be protected as a World Heritage Area.

“takayna/Tarkine is a precious part of Tasmania that should be looked after on behalf of the entire world,” Senator McKim said.

“Some 270,000 people have signed this petition, which just shows the depth of feeling about takayna across Tasmania, Australia and the world.”

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The Greens’ plan to protect takayna/Tarkine

The Greens have a plan to protect takayna/the Tarkine in a National Park that is owned and run by Aboriginal Tasmanians.

Greens candidate for Braddon Jarrod Edwards said takayna is a place of incredible importance to Tasmanian Aboriginal people and indeed all people who visit it.

“As custodians of this land we encourage sustainable and well balanced management and use of our home lands so that future generations can enjoy and learn from them as we continue to do,” Mr Edwards said.

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Labor and Liberals ignore the Tarkine/takayna

Comments from Labor and Liberal candidates for Braddon about takayna show how ignorant the old parties are about the values of the area.

“The Tarkine/takayna is a rich and wonderful part of the world with unique Aboriginal cultural heritage and spectacular wilderness. It should be protected as a National Park,” Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim said.

“Neither Mr Whiteley nor Ms Keay understand the true value of the area and the threats it is facing.”

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Greens welcome recommendations on Tasmanian bushfires

The Australian Greens welcome a Senate committee report calling for better preparedness for bushfires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

"What we saw earlier this year in Tasmania is a dangerous warning of the future we face in a warming climate," Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim, who chaired the inquiry, said.

"This report makes recommendations that if implemented would allow for Tasmania's precious World Heritage Area to be better defended from the threat of fire."

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Government Tries to Censor Tasmanian Forests from Global Warming Report

The federal government’s censorship of references to Tasmania’s World Heritage listed forests from a United Nations report can’t hide the threats to the area, or Greg Hunt’s negligence, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

“We have known for some time that global warming and logging are putting a great deal of pressure on Tasmania’s magnificent forests,” Senator McKim said.

“It’s less than six months since unprecedented bushfires tore through forests that have been standing for millennia.”

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Greens Welcome AFAC Report on Tasmanian Bushfires

The Greens welcome the operational review into the management of the Tasmanian bushfires.

While the review rightly lauds the work of our hardworking firefighters, it identifies a number of areas of improvement, such as staff numbers, training, aerial firefighting and communication with the public.

Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim said the state government should adopt all of the recommendations contained within the review.

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