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.
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.
Australia has some of the most spectacular tourism destinations in the world.
World Heritage areas like the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu and the Wet Tropics are famous for their natural values and tourism experience. Every region in our beautiful country has its own tourism drawcards big and small. Protecting these places is in the interest of our natural heritage and our economy: tourism brings in around $35 billion each year and employs over half a million people.
The mining boom drove up the Australian dollar, and hit other parts of our economy, starving them of workers and investment. he Greens are working to bring balance to the economy and ensuring Australia’s position as a world-class tourist destination is maintained by protecting our natural wonders.
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