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Government, Labor vote down Tarkine study.



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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Government, Labor vote down Tarkine study

Senator Brown, 10th August 2006

Studied ignorance was the order of the day in the Senate when Labor joined the Government to vote down a motion calling for a study of the World Heritage value of Tasmania's Tarkine Wilderness.

"It's pretty clear both the old parties know the Tarkine, with its stunning coastline and Australia's largest temperate rainforest, is of World Heritage value," Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

Senator Brown's motion read:

"The Senate calls on the Government to assess Tasmania's Tarkine wilderness with a view to nomination for listing for its World Heritage values, including those related to its:

a. Aboriginal values b. non-Aboriginal values c. natural, forest and wildlife values d. wilderness values; and e. geological values

"The Greens have greater pride in Tasmania. This is a rerun of the damaging opposition to World Heritage listing of the Franklin and Gordon rivers in 1981-2. History shows how wrong that was."

"The wild rivers region now draws a quarter of a million visitors a year. The Tarkine could do the same for northwest Tasmania," Senator Brown said.

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