The Tasmanian Liberals have used their numbers in the parliament to prevent debate on a motion of no confidence in Resources Minister Guy Barnett over his illegal grant of a mine lease to Chinese state-owned MMG in takayna / Tarkine. Leave to move the no confidence motion was sought by Greens Leader Cassy O'Connor MP and was supported by Labor.
"What a travesty that in a climate and biodiversity crisis, the Liberal Government uses its numbers in parliament to protect a failed minister, rather than the Tasmanian Devils, Spotted-tailed Quolls, Masked Owls and Wedge-tailed Eagles that his illegal mine lease put at risk," said Bob Brown Foundation takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
"It seems the only protected species that this government cares about is Guy Barnett."
"In a week where the government is expected to bring forward legislation to gaol protestors, it is telling that they don't think the rules should apply to ministers of the Crown who illegally abuse statutory powers."
"Cronyism and silencing of dissent are the hallmarks of despotic regimes and have no place in Tasmania."