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Outrageous failure of nation's chief environmentalist - Brown.

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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Outrageous failure of nation’s chief environmentalist - Brown

10th Jun 2005

Alpine grazing heritage listing condemned

Environment Minister Ian Campbell’s decision to issue an emergency heritage listing for grazing in the Alpine National Park is an outrageous abrogation of his duty to protect Australia’s environment, Senator Bob Brown said today.

“The Minister’s behaviour is erratic. He is abusing the emergency listing process, against the clear scientific evidence that cattle grazing damages the fragile alpine eco-system.

“He made an earlier decision to refuse an emergency listing for Tasmania’s historic Recherche Bay to leave the way open for logging of one of the nation’s most important cultural landscapes.

“At Recherche Bay he rejected the scientific evidence for heritage listing.

“In the Victorian Alps he is rejecting the scientific evidence against an emergency listing. His only consistency is in rejecting good science.

“It would not be surprising if next he listed Australia’s first uranium mine at Rum Jungle, logging in the Daintree wet tropics or whaling at Albany as national heritage to be protected.

“The Minister’s actions make a mockery of Australia’s national heritage list. The scientific evidence shows unambiguously that high country grazing is destructive.

“The Greens whole-heartedly support the Victorian government’s decision not to renew grazing licences.

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