Environmentalist and former Greens leader Bob Brown has welcomed the appointment of senior Labor MP Tanya Plibersek as the next Minister for the Environment and Water.
“Tanya Plibersek is probably the most senior political figure to take the environment portfolio since Graham Richardson in the Hawke government era,” Bob Brown said tonight. “It is a sign that the Albanese government is taking the environment seriously in this age of biospheric breakdown and mass extinction which threatens everyone’s future.”
“We have written to Minister Plibersek inviting her to see the World Heritage value takayna/Tarkine wilderness in northwest Tasmania which includes the nation’s largest temperate rainforest and rich Aboriginal heritage,” said Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber. “Of immediate concern is a completely unnecessary toxic waste dump proposed in the rainforest for which mining giant MMG has prudent and feasible options outside the Tarkine: the minister needs to make that decision by 10 June. We look forward to the rainforest being saved.”