Muddled Morrison's whale plan 'an insult' - Brown

“PM Morrison has told his new Environment Minister she will not be representing Australia at the crucial International Whaling Commission meeting in Brazil next week. Instead, he is sending lowly Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific. So Australia is sending a non-cabinet assistant minister, who has nothing to do with protecting the environment, to a vital meeting in which Japan, which has the chair, hopes to upend the global moratorium on commercial whaling. This is an insult to every Australian voter concerned about the protection of our whales,” Brown said.

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Media Release: Test for Morrison Government: Put Burrup on World Heritage Tentative List Now – Christine Milne

“The announcement that the WA Government and the Ngarluma, Yinjibarndi, Yaburara, Mardudhunera, Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo people and the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation have signed an intention to proceed with developing a proposal for World Heritage Listing of the Aboriginal petroglyphs of the Dampier Archipelago is good news but must be followed by immediate Federal Government leadership.” Christine Milne of the Bob Brown Foundation, said today.

"The Commonwealth should take immediate leadership on the issue as only the Commonwealth can propose a site for World Heritage. I call on Minister Price to support World Heritage Listing for the Burrup and immediately put the Burrup on Australia’s Tentative World Heritage List.”

“The Western Australian Government should now defer to the Commonwealth to lead the process in consultation with the Aboriginal people or be seen to be engaged in 18 months of delaying tactics.”

“At the same time, Environment Minister Price, local member for Durack, should require all new industrial developments to be located at the Maitland Industrial Estate and order a full assessment of the total pollution load in the Burrup Peninsula airshed with a view to radically reducing it.”

 

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MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT A POWERLESS NONENTITY

The Bob Brown Foundation says that Prime Minister Scott Morrison has sent a torpedo into popular hopes that he would appoint a strong, understanding minister for the environment.

“Melissa Price has a notable record of blather and greenwash on all of the tough environmental issues Australians have a right to expect their environment minister would take up and advocate,” Bob Brown said tonight.

“Minister Price will be hopeless, useless and powerless in her environmental responsibilities. That is in her record and that is why, as a government nonentity, she has been appointed to the most powerful environmental post in the nation. Her job, in fact, will be to undermine community advocates for the environment and it is useless sitting back and hoping otherwise. The Morrison government is set to tear Australia’s environmental responsibilities to pieces.

“What Scott Morrison does not get is that Australians are seriously alarmed by the onrush of global warming, the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, the loss of forests and woodlands, and the accelerating loss of Australian species and

ecological communities. This ministerial appointment will be a vote loser and may be a factor that loses the next election for the conservatives,” Brown said.

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Media Release: Refining the definition of wilderness

 

‘A new book published by Bob Brown Foundation is a timely reminder that Tasmania is a world leader in wilderness philosophy if not action,’ Environmentalist Bob Brown said on the eve of the book’s launch.

A group of Tasmanian researchers has recommended that Australian and international governments and conservation agencies adopt a new definition of wilderness.

 

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Loggers demand public purse fund their 'market failure'

“The Hodgman Government should raid neither the public purse nor the public coastline to facilitate woodchips exports,” Bob Brown said today.

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No Dover Woodchip Dump a Victory

“The failure of the Dover woodchip dump is a victory for a community of 600 dedicated to preserving its lifestyle and job-rich hospitality industry”, Bob Brown said tonight. 

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Media Release: Labor and Liberal need to commit to Aboriginal heritage protection - protect National Heritage listed takayna coast

Bob Brown Foundation and the Tasmanian Aboriginal community will hold a peaceful demonstration calling on Labor and Liberal parties to commit to protecting the national heritage listed Western Tasmanian Aboriginal Cultural Landscape.

“We are protesting today about the Liberals’ plans to allow off road vehicles access across the Aboriginal cultural landscape.  With the Braddon by-election looming, the eyes of the nation are on the north west of Tasmania. We are joining with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community to send a clear message to the state and federal Liberal parties that their plan to re-introduce destructive off road vehicles into National Heritage Listed Aboriginal sites is unacceptable,” said Bob Brown Campaigner Scott Jordan.

 

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Media Release: Liberal, Labor ‘No Show’ on Tarkine Issue in Braddon. Greens Top, Garland Gets 1 Out of Five.

Doing what Eric Abetz called a ‘no show‘ indicating extremist policies, the Liberal (Brett Whiteley) and Labor (Justine Keay) candidates for Braddon have failed to take part in a survey on the future of the Tarkine, which is wholly located in Braddon. The Tarkine’s future depends on federal government decisions.

 

 

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Media Release: Tarkine Token Fines Outrage

Light fines (less than 20 percent of available penalties) for two men convicted today of illegally driving through the Tarkine coast’s National Heritage Area underscore a shocking disregard for the Tasmanian Aboriginal people’s cultural heritage, Bob Brown said this afternoon. The token fines were handed down in the Burnie Magistrates Court.

 

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Media Release: Polling reveals 72% of Labor voters want a Tarkine National Park.

The Bob Brown Foundation has released polling showing 72.5% of Labor voters support a Tarkine National Park, while only 6.5% support logging and mining this area. 

The phone poll, conducted by ReachTel on 2nd May, also showed Liberal voters were more likely to support a Tarkine National Park than logging and mining the Tarkine (44.7% vs 35.4%).

"The Tarkine is one of Australia's greatest wilderness treasures and Tasmanians are proud of it. But they are increasingly concerned for its future as Liberal governments in Canberra and Hobart are doubling down on continued destruction of the Tarkine’s globally unique natural and cultural values,” Bob Brown Foundation Tarkine Campaigner, Scott Jordan said.

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