Labor Abandon Globally Significant Aboriginal and Natural Values in Tarkine

The Bob Brown Foundation says most Tasmanians will be bitterly disappointed by the Tasmanian Opposition Leader’s statement this morning on Hobart’s ABC radio that she will support the decision of the Federal Environment Minister if he allows the tracks on takayna / Tarkine coast to be accessed by off-road vehicles. This comes after Federal Labor Senators voted against protecting Aboriginal heritage on takayna / Tarkine coast in the Senate yesterday.

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Okehampton Bay Court Proceedings Put Off

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Federal Court proceedings by three groups opposed to Tassal’s fish farm at Okehampton Bay on Tasmania’s east coast have been put off, Bob Brown Foundation said today.

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Federal Court challenge to Commonwealth decision to approve Tassal fish farm

A unique combination of tourism and environment groups have today filed proceedings in the Federal Court challenging the Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg's failure to adequately assess Tassal's proposed Atlantic salmon fish farm at Okehampton Bay, on Tasmania's east coast.

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Turnbull will have whales' blood on his hands - Brown

After the decision by Sea Shepherd that it cannot match the military operation of the Japanese whaling fleet in Australia's Antarctic territorial waters, the blood of the whale slaughter will be on the hands of the Turnbull government, Bob Brown, the former chair of Sea Shepherd Australia said in Hobart this morning.

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Poll shows most Tasmanians oppose Tassal at Okehampton Bay

A ReachTEL poll commissioned by the Bob Brown Foundation shows that a clear majority of Tasmanians oppose Tassal's invasion of Okehampton Bay with Atlantic salmon fish farms.

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Turnbull signs Tasmanian forests’ death warrant

Bob Brown says Prime Minister Turnbull has today signed the death warrant on thousands of hectares of wild forests in Tasmania, including vital habitat trees for the critically endangered Swift Parrot.

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Death sentence for Swift Parrots signed by Turnbull & Hodgman

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“Tasmania’s unique forests and wildlife have suffered tremendously since the 1997 Regional Forest Agreement and now the Federal and State governments have committed to further destruction of forests, wildlife and the climate with a flawed agreement process that has been exhaustively proven to be deficient,” Bob Brown Foundation campaign manager Jenny Weber said.

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Federal and State Governments admit that world's largest freshwater lobster is in trouble

Bob Brown Foundation urges secure conservation reserves

Bob Brown Foundation calls on the Federal and State governments to take real actions to declare secure conservation reserves in Tasmania’s north, in all habitat for the world’s largest freshwater lobster, following the signing of the Recovery Plan for the Giant Freshwater Lobster (Astacopsis gouldi).

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Hodgman government in charge of an economy it does not understand.

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Tasmanian Resources Minister Guy Barnett's pitch to the mining industry today is a thinly-veiled attack on the burgeoning tourism and hospitality industries, Bob Brown Foundation spokesperson Jenny Weber said.

'Mr Barnett's description of mining and logging as Tasmania's 'productive industries' shows his disdain for the much more job-rich tourism industry based solidly on Tasmania's wild and scenic assets.'

'The Hodgman government is in charge of an economy it does not understand', Jenny Weber said. 'And his repeated descriptions of environmentalists as 'extremists' is insulting to the majority of Tasmanians who back the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area global fame and who want the Tarkine wilderness protected for both its heritage values and its huge potential as a tourism job-generator for northwest Tasmania.'

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Media Release - Australia must act to prevent Japan’s illegal whale slaughter - Brown

Media Release 21 July 2017

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The Bob Brown Foundation is calling for government action to match the looming Japanese naval presence with its whaling fleet in the International Whale Sanctuary in Antarctic waters this coming summer.

To quote senior Liberal Greg Hunt in Opposition in 2013: "The (Labor) government should stop turning a blind eye to whaling in our waters and should have a Customs vessel in the Southern Ocean". 77% of Australians back our government sending a ship to oppose the whaling by Japan.

“Environment Minister Frydenberg's criticism of Japan comes with no plan of action. He says the government is 'tireless' in its opposition but in fact it is tiresome, predictable, feeble and ineffective,” Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

“Australia should send naval vessels to our Antarctic waters to make a show against the illegal slaughter of our whales. These are the same whales giving birth in Australian waters right now. The minister has made no mention of going back to the International Court of Justice which ruled against Japan's whale butchery in 2014.”

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