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Media Release: It's on again as Liberals target Tasmania's High Conservation Value forests

Nick McKim 12 Oct 2016

The announcement by Tasmanian Forests Minister Guy Barnett that he will allow logging in Tasmania's high conservation value forests will re-open the community division that have held Tasmania back for too long.

"This signals an appalling attack on Tasmania’s forests and an appalling waste of taxpayer money," Australian Greens Forests spokesperson Janet Rice said.

"It’s clear that the Tasmanian Government is ignoring the carbon value of these significant forests."

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Greens condemn Government’s response to Tasmanian RFA Review

Janet Rice 12 Sep 2016

The Government’s response to the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement is an endorsement of the industry’s unsustainability and unviability, the Greens say.

“This weasel-worded response completely ignores the fact that native forest logging is an industry stuck in the 19th and 20th Centuries at the behest of vested interests,” said Senator Janet Rice, forest spokesperson for the Australian Greens.

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Tasmania Short-Changed By MYEFO

Tasmania has been left completely short-changed by the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, with $46 million ripped out of the state and not a single dollar reinvested.

“The forests identified for protection under the TFA have not magically ceased to exist,” said Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim.

“They still need active management for environmental and cultural heritage values and fire suppression.”

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Time for Hodgman and Turnbull to Accept Umpire’s Call on World Heritage Logging

The arrival of the United Nations Reactive Monitoring Mission in Tasmania puts the onus on Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt to reject the Tasmanian government's plans to log inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim again called on the Tasmanian and Commonwealth Governments to accept the decision the World Heritage Committee made in Bonn in June.

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Swift Parrot’s Critically Endangered Listing Demands Urgent Action

Janet Rice 30 Oct 2015

The IUCN’s decision to list the swift parrot as critically endangered should prompt urgent action from the Federal Government.

Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim said the loss of the swift parrot would be an ecological disaster for Australia.

“The Swiftie is trending towards extinction, and the Red List upgrade means the warning bells are sounding loudly, but this is a problem we can fix if we have the political will,” Senator McKim said.

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