Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne has written to the Prime Minister elect Tony Abbott to urge him not to revoke any areas of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area.

“If Tony Abbott tears down world heritage he will be tearing down the brand that will provide Tasmania with the jobs and economy of the future,” Senator Milne said.

“Tasmania celebrates world heritage. The state celebrated the decision to protect our high conservation value forests when the World Heritage Committee listed them in June this year.

“Both the timber industry and the conservation movement recognise that putting forests into world heritage is the key to Tasmania’s clean green brand, boosting tourism industry and creating thousands of new jobs for the state’s economy.

“Eric Abetz wants to take us back to the old economy of ‘dig it up, cut it down and ship it away’ because he thinks that will comfort people in this period of high unemployment. But it is a lie. There are no jobs in the old economy. There is no future in a failed business model.

“If Tony Abbott drags Tasmania back to his old comfort zone then he will be destroying the brand that offers Tasmania a real hope for the future.

“There are no jobs in the old economy. Those jobs collapsed because world markets don’t want native forest woodchips.”


Senator Milne has also called on Tony Abbott to honour the commitment of former Immigration Minister Tony Bourke by releasing 200 children from the Pontville Detention Centre.

“Before the election, Tony Burke gave hope to the children in Pontville by promising to release them into the community and the new PM should honour that commitment,” Senator Milne said.

“Tasmania has opened its heart to these young refugees and have called on the government to release them immediately. It would be an act of severe cruelty to keep them locked up after they promised that they would be released.”
Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne